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Cryptosporidium question JB
Nov 13, 2000

How contagious is Cryptosporidium. Also, since there appears to be no "cure" for it, what are the longer term health impacts (for hiv Negative carriers)? Thanks

Response from Dr. Bartlett

Cryptosporidium is very contagious and can cause outbreaks in households. Careful hand washing is crucial, but it is difficult to kill the organism with disinfectants. Immunologically normal people can get cryptosporidium, but the illness is self limited. For persons with HIV and a low CD4 count, treatment with an active antiretroviral regimen and paromomycin are the best approaches.

John A. Bartlett, M.D.

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