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Cryptosporidiosis (Farmer Factsheet)

Contributor(s): XLVets, Vetstream Ltd , Sophie Mahendran

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  • The most commonly diagnosed cause of calf diarrhea.
  • Caused by Cryptosporidium parvum (C. parvum) infection.
  • Spread by contact with reservoir hosts, ie cattle, sheep and goats or the environment in which these are housed.
  • Transmission is feco-oral.
This is a zoonotic disease.  It can be spread to humans, particularly from contact with neonatal farm animals. Protect yourself and your staff by encouraging excellent hygiene.
Image courtesy of Wiley Blackwell
Image shows oocysts of Cryptosporidium parvum (stained with Ziehl-Neelson stain).
Magnification is x 1000.

Clinical signs

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The organism

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