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Cryptosporidia are parasites similar to coccidia that can also cause diarrhoea but at a slightly older age of 8 to 21 days. They can infect people and are also found in other species such as rats and mice.


Sows & Growers
  • N/A
Piglets & Weaner
  • Watery diarrhoea 8 - 21 days of age.
  • Poor body condition - wasting.
  • Dehydration.
  • Inappetence.

Causes / Contributing factors

  • Rats and mice.
  • The main water supplies are sometimes infected.
  • Poor hygiene.
  • Dirty pens.

This is made by examining faeces in the laboratory.

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