About cryptosporidiosis

Cryptosporidiosis is a diarrhoeal disease caused by microscopic parasites called Cryptosporidium.

The Cryptosporidium parasites are found in the faeces of infected humans or animals such as cattle, sheep, dogs, cats, birds, and fish. The parasite is one of the most common causes of waterborne disease in humans around the world.

Disease type: 
Gastrointestinal
Vaccination available under NIP: 
No
Notifiable disease: 
Yes

Prevention, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

For information about symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, see healthdirect's cryptosporidiosis page.

Surveillance and reporting

Cryptosporidiosis is a nationally notifiable disease.

We monitor cases through the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System.

For more on cryptosporidiosis in Australia, you can search Communicable Diseases Intelligence

Last updated: 
14 June 2022