Important Health Notice: Cryptosporidiosis Cases Rising in Victoria, Australia.

Date: December 20, 2023

Status: Active

Key Info:

  • More cases of cryptosporidiosis (crypto) in Victoria.
  • Some got sick from public pools.
  • Don’t swim if you have or had diarrhea in the last two weeks.
  • Doctors, think about crypto if someone has tummy troubles after swimming.

What’s Cryptosporidiosis?

  • It’s a sickness from a tiny bug called Cryptosporidium.
  • Tell your doctor if you have it.
  • It spreads through yucky water, uncooked food, and germy hands.

How to Tell if You Have it:

  • Watery poop, tummy pain, sometimes fever.
  • Usually lasts 1 to 2 weeks.

Getting Checked:

  • Doctors check your poop under a microscope.

When You Can Spread it:

  • As soon as you feel sick.
  • Can last a few weeks after you feel better.

What to Do:

  • No special medicine for most people.
  • Stay hydrated and follow doctor’s advice.

When to Call the Doctor:

  • For adults: Thirsty a lot, less pee, tired, fever, bad tummy pain, bloody poop.
  • For kids: Same as adults, plus sunken eyes or under 12 months old.

Stay Safe Tips:

  • If sick, stay home until no poop trouble for 24 hours.
  • Wash hands lots—before food, after toilet, and more.
  • Be careful with water and food in some places.
  • No swimming for 14 days after diarrhea stops.
  • Be extra careful with little ones in pools.
  • Bath-sharing? Clean up well.