Cryptosporidium (Crypto) is an intracellular protozoan parasite that causes mild to severe infection known as cryptosporidiosis (crypto). Those infected with Crypto can develop persistent diarrhea and face risk of death from dehydration. Additionally,
Crypto infection has been shown to cause longer-term effects such as stunting and cognitive impairment, though the severity and extent of these outcomes requires further study. There is also a correlation between crypto and malnourishment in children. Malnutrition
may predispose children to infection, but the symptoms of Crypto infection may also impede nutrient absorption and thereby cause malnutrition, leading to a longer lasting, vicious cycle of reinfection.
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