Crypto - Cracking The Code For A Disastrous Holiday

Cryptosporidium food poisoning can stop your holiday in its tracks and it is essential that you take precautions to prevent this lethal bug striking you and your loved ones.
Cryptosporidium food poisoning is a gastrointestinal infection which can be extremely serious. It is caused by a parasite which can trigger severe food poisoning symptoms.
And where is this bug most rife? Anywhere there is water and cleanliness and hygiene has been overlooked. Water is a sure-fire environment for cross-contamination to take place.
Symptoms can often include:
  • Vomiting
  • Dehydration
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Stomach cramps
  • Sickness and diarrhoea
  • Watery stools or mucus in stools
This devilish parasite can be found in the intestine of animals and, so, finds its way into the water system by – you guessed it – being transported there via animal faeces. And as soon as the traces of faeces hit the water then they thrive on the warm, wet conditions. Unfortunately for us we may ingest the bugs when we’re swimming, if we drink water that isn’t pure or if our hands have come into contact with the bug and then go to our mouths.

Cracking The Code For A Disastrous Holiday

The symptoms can be similar to food-poisoning but the downside to the potentially lethal bug is what can come of it if it progresses undiagnosed. Also, vulnerable members of our community can contract life-threatening versions of the symptoms.
In certain cases the result of Crypto can pancreatitis which can be extremely dangerous to the elderly, young children or those with weak immune systems – if they are suffering from other, underlying conditions.

So how can you stay safe from Cryptosporidium and ensure that your holiday is an illness-free break?
There are some clear steps that can be taken to prevent the spread of Crypto and they include:
  • Showering before a swim
  • Making sure babies are in clean nappies before swimming
  • Steering clear of any holidaymakers who you know to have had a stomach upset
  • Don’t share eating and drinking utensils
  • Don’t swim ‘wild’ near grazing animals
  • Carry some antibacterial hand-wipes or gel to clean hands frequently and help prevent infection through contact.
  • Antibacterial hand wipes can also be used to wipe surfaces
These simple cautionary tips might just prevent you and your family from contracting Crypto which, in turn may mean your holiday remains a happy and healthy one. But should you be concerned about hygiene at your holiday venue then be sure to contact your holiday rep or the company you booked through as soon as possible.

Cryptosporidium hotel sickness is often caught from swimming pools where faecal matter has been prevalent and ingested fromt he water.

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Rizwan Ahmad
About the Author:
This article is posted by Rizwan Ahmad Author and founder of myfoodforu blog He is a blogger from India and he loves to share his thoughts by writing articles on  the different topics related to humanity,

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