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How can cryptosporidium be prevented?

Page last updated 28 February 2019

The best ways to prevent infection are:

  • Keep away from public areas until their diarrhoea has stopped.
  • Wash hands properly, especially after using the toilet and handling animals.
  • Use paper towels when drying hands. This is important for food handlers.
  • Avoid preparing food and touching communal food items or utensils until symptoms have stopped.
  • Do not swim in pools or lakes for two weeks after diarrhoea has stopped.
  • Clean bathrooms and other surfaces regularly.
  • Filter or boil contaminated water before drinking.

For more information of cryptosporidium and its prevention, speak with your healthcare professional.

Sources & Citations

  1. Victoria State Government. Better Health Channel. Gastroenteritis - cryptosporidiosis. Available at: (accessed 25 October 2018).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.10.0375 - Date of preparation October 2018