Cryptosporidium lives in the intestine of infected humans or animals. Millions of parasites can be released in a bowel movement from an infected human or animal. It is therefore found in soil, food, water, or surfaces that have been contaminated with human or animal faeces. It is a common cause of waterborne outbreaks of gastroenteritis. Cryptosporidiosis is a notifiable disease.
Cryptosporidiosis in Ireland, 2020
|512||The number of cryptosporidium notifications in 2020|
|10.75||The national notification rate per 100,000 population in 2020|
Last updated: 12 April 2021