Cryptosporidiosis

Cryptosporidium are parasites similar to the coccidia parasites and can also cause diarrhea.

Alternative names: Cryptosporidium suis, Cryptosporidium parvum

Information

Cryptosporidium are intracellular parasites similar to coccidia and can also cause diarrhea but slightly at higher ages: from 8-21 days. Cryptosporidium suis, swine Cryptosporidium genotype II and Cryptosporidium parvum are the most common species seen in swine. They can infect humans and are also found in other species such as rats and mice. This is a rare pathology. 

 

Symptoms

Sows and fattening stage:

  • It is not present.

Lactating and nursery piglets:

  • Not always produced.
  • Diarrhea at 8 - 21 days.
  • Dehydration.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Weight Loss.

 

Causes / Contributing Factors

  • Rats and mice.
  • The main water supply source may be contaminated.
  • Poor hygiene.
  • Dirty pens.

 

Diagnosis

It is made from fecal test in the laboratory.

 

Control/Prevention

There is no recognized treatment.