Cryptosporidiosis - Statistics and Incidence Rate

Cryptosporidiosis is caused by a parasite and is spread via the fecal-oral route (such as not washing hands after using the washroom), drinking or swimming in contaminated water, person-to-person contact, and animal-to-human contact.

The most common symptom of cryptosporidiosis is diarrhea but other signs and symptoms can be present as well.

Cryptosporidiosis in Niagara

  • 11 cases reported in 2015
  • Niagara was below the provincial incidence rate from 2006 to 2009 and from 2011 to 2013. In 2010, Niagara was found to have a higher rate compared to the province (Figure 1).
  • Both the provincial and Niagara incidence rate seem to be on the decline (Figure 1)

Figure 1. Incidence rate of Cryptosporidiosis by year, For Niagara region and Ontario (2006-2014).

Probable and confirmed cases reported.
Sources: Integrated Public Health Information System [2006-2015], extracted March 31, 2016 by Niagara Region Public Health; Population Estimates, IntelliHealth, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care [2015], extracted April 17, 2015 by Niagara Region Public Health. Ontario data: Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Integrated Public Health System database, extracted by Public Health Ontario [April 20, 2015].

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