Cryptosporidium is an infection of the intestines that results from exposure to contaminated drinking and recreational water. It is caused by cryptosporidia, a protozoa that burrows itself into the inside lining of the intestines. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cryptosporidium affected 2.5 and 2.9 individuals per 100,000 people in 2009 and 2010, respectively.
Individuals with cryptosporidium are at risk of severe dehydration caused by diarrhea. Because of a compromised intestinal tract, nutrients might not be absorbed well, possibly causing malnutrition. Cryptosporidium may also cause the common bile duct to be inflamed, which may in turn affect other vital digestive organs, such as the gallbladder and the pancreas. When left untreated, severe digestive tract inflammation caused by cryptosporidium could lead to medical emergencies, such as sepsis.
Cryptosporidium can result from negligence in maintaining swimming pools and other recreational water. To learn more about filing a premises liability lawsuit in Appleton, speak with an attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling (414) 271-0900 today.