a disease caused by the protozoan Cryptosporidium
parvum, which is transmitted to humans by contact with animal feces, ingestion
of contaminated food or water, or oral-anal sexual contact (rimming).
The protozoa begins as an life oocyst (egg cyst) and grows in the intestines
and bile ducts. It can cause severe, chronic diarrhea, weight loss and
lymphadenopathy. Cryptosporidiosis may be persistent and life-threatening
in immunosuppressed individuals.
CryptosporidiosisJAMA An opportunistic infection caused by the protozoan parasite Cryptosporidium parvum.
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