Increase in cryptosporidiosis cases 06 Jun 2012
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is currently investigating a recent increase in cases of cryptosporidiosis across four regions in England – the North East, Yorkshire, West Midlands and East Midlands.
To date, 267 cases of cryptosporidiosis have been confirmed in the affected areas since 11 May 2012, compared to 73 cases across the four regions for the whole of May 2011.
Dr Stephen Morton, who is leading the investigation for the HPA, said: “It is usual to see an increase in cryptosporidiosis cases in the early summer, but, the increase is higher than we might expect so we are working with NHS partners, local Environmental Health Officers the Drinking Water Inspectorate and the Food Standards Agency to see if there is a common source of infection.
Cryptosporidiosis is caused by a parasite called cryptosporidium. The most common symptom is diarrhoea, which can range from mild to severe. There are a number of potential sources, which include consumption of contaminated water or food.
Read IFST's infomation statement on Cryptosporidium