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Public Health-What we as a society do collectively to assure the conditions in which people can live productive and vigorous lives Public Health does things that benefit everyone It also prevents illness and educates the population Public Health is a combination of science practical skills and beliefs that is directed to the maintenance and improvement of the health of people The science and art of preventing disease prolonging life and promoting physical health and efficiency through organized community effortsCryptosporidium Parvum has been recognized as a human pathogen since 1976 During 1976-1982 the disease was reported rarely and occurred predominantly in immunocompromised persons In 1982 the number of reported cases began to increases as a result of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome AIDS Cryptosporidium Parvum is a one-cell parasite which cause the disease Cryptosporidiosis Cryptosporidiosis is an intestinal illness caused by a microscopic parasite called cryptosporidium The parasite is transmitted by ingestion of oocysts excreted in the feces of infected humans or animals The infection can therefore be transmitted from person-to-person through ingestion of contaminated water or food from animal to person or by contact with fecally contaminated environmental surfaces Cryptosporidium can be found on clothing bedding or other things used by infected persons such person with diarrhea or children in diapers Sex that may involve contact with stool especially oral sex can also pass cryptosporidia The stool of domestic and farm animals especially animals less than six months old or animals with diarrhea can contain cryptosporidium Individuals should always wash their hands after touching animals or cleaning up their stool or visiting barns and areas where these animals live Also in women when cleaning yourself after movement of bowels wipe front to back to avoid fecal contact with the vagina and urethra The most common symptom is diarrhea which is usually watery which is often accompanied by abdominal cramping nausea vomiting fever headache and loss or appetite may also occur Some people with cryptosporidium may be asymptomatic
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