Polk County Health Department

Diarrheal Illness Common Symptom of Other Parasite Diseases

Cyclospora isn't the only parasite that can cause diarrhea and stomach pains. Cryptosporidium is one of the most frequent causes of waterborne disease among humans in the United States. This parasite is most commonly spread through drinking water and recreational water and can cause watery diarrhea, stomach cramps, dehydration, nausea and vomiting with symptoms lasting 1-2 weeks. Most people who have a healthy immune system can manage diarrhea by drinking plenty of fluids and will recover without treatment.

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Fax: (515)-286-2033
Toll free: 866-209-1300
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healthdept@polkcountyiowa.gov


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Des Moines, IA 50314