There’s been a spike in the appearance of people getting infected in San Joaquin County. The parasite is like a little worm. It’s called Cryptosporidium, or “Crypto.” Usually there’s only one case of Crypto reported per year, but so far this year there have been 17 reported as confirmed, and another 41 cases that are experiencing symptoms.
Where did it all come from? That’s what they’re trying to figure out. It seems like the cases are all unrelated, and so far it appears that everyone is getting it from random other places. The parasite can be spread in pools, water parks, and rivers and lakes. If you swallow water that contains the worm, you can get it that way. It can also spread from person to person if you’re in close contact with someone.
What are the symptoms? Well, to put it in the most simple way – diarrhea. Really watery diarrhea. And stomach cramps. All that can last for a couple weeks, and even longer in some extreme cases.
How to avoid it? Wash your hands, says Dr. Karen Furst, Assistant County Public Health Officer for San Joaquin county. She also says that you should be clean before you go in the water.
Also, it’s been reported recently that if your tap water is cloudy, you might want to have it checked out. Cloudy tap water can contain norovirus, says some research done all across America. That’s not always the case, sometimes it’s just little air bubbles making it look cloudy, so take it at face value.