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Facts about the Cryptosporidium infection

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has released new findings linking an outbreak of Cryptosporidium infection last year with supermarket salad bags. Here are some facts about the parasite:

  • Found in soil, food, water or surfaces that have been contaminated with infected human or animal faeces
  • Most common symptom is watery diarrhoea, which can range from mild to severe
  • More likely to affect children aged between one and five years, and people with weak immune systems
  • The last outbreak affected some 300 people in England and Wales in May 2012