MASON CITY, Iowa – Public health officials in Cerro Gordo County say they have three confirmed cases of cryptosporidiosis and another nine individuals are showing symptoms.
The Cerro Gordo Department of Public Health says the condition, referred to as crypto, is a parasite that causes diarrhea and is usually found in the feces of an infected person or animal. They say people can become sick by putting something in their mouth that has been contaminated with the stool from an infected person or animal.
Other than diarrhea, other symptoms include headache, nausea, vomiting and a low-grade fever.
Officials say to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before handling food or eating, and after using the restroom. They also say to dispose of dirty diapers in a sanitary manner, especially in child care centers.