County reports cases of contagious disease

Johnson County Health Department officials announced on Friday that multiple county residents have been diagnosed with the contagious disease Cryptosporidiosis.

Symptoms of the disease, commonly called Crypto, include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, nausea and vomiting. Crypto is spread by contact with the stool of infected people or animals, by consumption of contaminated food or water, and by person-to-person or animal-to-animal contact.

Symptoms usually develop two to 10 days after exposure and may last from one to two weeks. Crypto can be spread for two weeks after symptoms have subsided, so those with diarrhea should not swim during that time. Crypto can live for days in chlorine treated water.

The best prevention measure is careful handwashing with soap and warm water, according to the health department. Residents with symptoms or questions should contact a healthcare provider.

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