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Cryptosporidia are microscopic foodborne parasites that can live in food and water. “Crypto” food poisoning can result from consuming food or water than has been contaminated, and the effects can range from nausea and vomiting to potentially-fatal illnesses among individuals with weakened immune systems.

If you or a family member has been diagnosed with cryptosporidiosis, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Our attorneys have significant experience in food poisoning litigation, and we can represent you in a claim against the food manufacturer, distributor, restaurant or other corporation that is responsible for your losses. Acting quickly is the best way to protect your rights, so contact us now to schedule your free consultation.

Q: How did I get cryptosporidiosis?

Cryptosporidiosis can result from drinking water or eating meat, shellfish, fruit or vegetables that have been contaminated by feces infected with cryptosporidia parasites. Unpasteurized milk can contain cryptosporidia parasites as well. Foods may be infected prior to processing; or, if a supermarket, restaurant or other facility is using contaminated water, the process of cleaning uncontaminated food products can lead to contamination. Cryptosporidia parasites can also be transmitted by human contact – for example, if a grocery store or restaurant employee fails to wash his or her hands after touching contaminated food.

Q: What are the symptoms of cryptosporidiosis?

The most common symptom of cryptosporidiosis is watery diarrhea. Other symptoms can include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Decreased urine output
  • Dehydration
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss

Symptoms typically begin within 48 hours, and can last one to two weeks. However, a person who has been infected with cryptosporidia can remain contagious for weeks after his or her symptoms have subsided.

Q: What are the potential long-term effects of cryptosporidiosis?

While most people who are diagnosed with cryptosporidiosis will fully recover, there exists the potential for long-term complications. Many of these complications result from dehydration, including a decrease in blood pressure and the potential for kidney failure. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that individuals who have weakened immune systems are the most likely to experience complications, including the potential for “serious, chronic, and sometimes fatal illness.” Anyone experiencing symptoms of cryptosporidiosis should seek medical attention promptly, and those who have been diagnosed with AIDS and certain cancers and hereditary diseases may need to treat the onset of symptoms as a potential medical emergency.

Q: Can I seek financial compensation for a cryptosporidiosis diagnosis?

If you have been diagnosed with cryptosporidiosis, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Food processing facilities, grocery stores, restaurants and other businesses have a legal duty to avoid spreading dangerous parasites; and, when they fail to meet this duty, they can be held legally responsible. The best way to learn about your rights is to speak with an experienced attorney, and acting quickly will help ensure that you preserve your claim to maximum compensation.

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