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Health alert – Increase in cryptosporidiosis cases across Victoria

Status: Active

Date issued: 20 December 2023

Issued by: Dr. Clare Looker, Chief Health Officer

Issued to: Victorian public and health professionals

Key messages

  • There has been an increase in the number of cryptosporidiosis (crypto) cases in Victoria.
  • Some cases have become infected after using public swimming pools and public health investigations have found people are attending pools while they are infectious.
  • To avoid contaminating pool water which infects others, people should not swim while they have diarrhoea and for two weeks after diarrhoea stops.
  • Health professionals should consider the possibility of cryptosporidiosis in people presenting with gastroenteritis, especially if they have recently used a public swimming pool.
  • If Cryptosporidium infection is suspected, ask about likely exposures, send a stool sample for Cryptosporidium testing and provide infection control and exclusion advice, including avoiding swimming until two weeks after diarrhoea stops.

Read the full advisory on health.vic.

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