There has been a confirmed case of Cryptosporidiosis in the Fleetwood area.
Cryptosporidiosis is a disease caused by microscopic parasites, Cryptosporidium, that can live in the intestine of humans and animals and is passed in the stool of an infected person or animal. You can become infected after accidentally swallowing the parasite. Cryptosporidium is found in soil, food, water and is common in the wider environment, including ponds, rivers, streams, estuaries, mud, farm land and the like.
Advice from environmental health officers is that it is very likely to be present in all water bodies and across farm land and if tested it would almost certainly be found. Wyre environmental health officers are aware of this case as Cryptosporidiosis is a notifiable disease. Environmental health officers are made aware of these cases to help establish if single sources or patterns of infection can be identified.
Fleetwood Marsh has been was mentioned in an initial social media post, as was the estuary but there is no evidence that is was contracted at either of these places. It would be almost impossible to determine where it was contracted due to its wide distribution. There is no control for the illness apart from good hygiene for people who have been in environments where Cryptosporidium is likely to be found (outdoors).
Washing hands after playing with animals, after picking up after your dog and not putting hands to mouth after being outside are recommended as the most effective way of reducing chances of infection.
You can read more about Cryptosporidium by clicking on the link below. http://www.nhsgrampian.org/nhsgrampian/files/Cryptosp2008.pdf
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