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Cryptosporidium

What is Cryptosporidium?

Cryptosporidium, also known as "Crypto" is a bacteria found in water systems that is the cause of cryptosporidiosis as well as several other ailments. It is very resistant to chlorine, which is why it can survive for days even in properly chlorinated pools. It is most commonly ingested by swallowing contaminated water while swimming, but practically any type of water or sewage system can become a breeding ground for this pathogen.

Understanding Cryptosporidiosis

Ingesting cryptosporidium in water can cause cryptosporidiosis, a potentially serious illness with more than 748,000 reported cases in the United States each year. This infection causes a variety of gastrointestinal symptoms that are uncomfortable at best and require hospitalization at worst. The symptoms include diarrhea, stomach cramps, abdominal pain, vomiting, fever, weight loss, and dehydration.

Protecting Against Crypto in Water

Given how resistant cryptosporidium bacteria is to chlorine and other common sanitation techniques, it is crucial to have the right water treatment measures in place. If you are concerned about cryptosporidium in water, your treatment plan should include a combination of safeguards. LiquiTech’s services can be integrated to create one of the best mitigation strategies available. The combination of our point-of-entry filtration system and ultraviolet disinfection technologies provide a comprehensive approach to eliminating cryptosporidium in drinking water and other sources.

LiquiTech’s SAFETGUARD® self-cleaning filter system improves water quality by removing sediment, corrosion, and biofilm deposits at the source. The three-step cleaning method eliminates most of the nutrients and bacterial buildup required for biological growth inside pipes, filters, and vessels. The entire process is completed in seconds and requires no consumables. SAFETGUARD® operates on water pressure, with no additional energy required. It is a high-efficiency, low-waste treatment strategy.

Adding our advanced UV systems to your water treatment plan brings an extra level of protection to any property. By exposing water to high-intensity UV light before it enters the plumbing, micro-organisms are essentially deactivated. The particular wavelength of radiation emitted by our lamps damages the DNA and RNA of bacteria, viruses, molds, and yeasts, making them incapable of reproduction. With our proprietary lamp design, you can count on reliable and effective service, especially when it is used in conjunction with SAFETGUARD®. Choose these LiquiTech solutions to give staff and guests peace of mind and keep them safe from cryptosporidium and many other dangerous waterborne pathogens.

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Exposure

30% Of U.S. Citizens Will Contract Cryptosporidiosis

Cryptosporidium is a waterborne pathogen that lives in the intestine of infected humans or animals. You can become infected after accidentally swallowing the parasite or via contact with blood.

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Cryptosporidiosis

Over 748,000 Documented Cases Each Year In The U.S.

SYMPTOMS: characteristically watery diarrhea, stomach cramps or pain, dehydration, nausea, vomiting, fever, and weight loss.

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Transmission

Most Commonly Spread By Swallowing Contaminated Water While Swimming

Symptoms typically begin within 2 to 10 days of exposure and generally last one to two weeks in people with healthy immune systems, but can be more severe in individuals with weakened immune systems.

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Resistance

Cryptosporidia have been proven to be extremely resistant to oxidant treatments such as chlorine, which is why they can survive for extended periods of time in swimming pools.

Incidence of Cryptosporidiosis in the United States

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Prevention

The EPA recommends filtration and UV disinfection for controlling and preventing Cryptosporidium in water systems.

Do you know the facts?

Crypto is not killed by alcohol gels and hand sanitizers, and is resistant to chlorine and other chemicals commonly used in recreational and drinking water.

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