Animation on Cryptosporidium control

25 Jul 2020

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The Moredun Research Institute has produced a short animation outlining the management tools available to farmers to help control Cryptosporidium.

The parasite Cryptosporidium parvum can be spread between animals and people. It is one of the most frequently diagnosed diarrhoea-causing pathogens in young calves in the UK, as well as one of the top four pathogens causing diarrhoea in young children in developing countries globally.

Infected calves shed millions of parasite eggs in their faeces and these can survive in the environment for long periods of time, acting as a source of infection for other calves and people.

The disease can be costly in terms of long-term production losses, diagnostics, treatment and supportive therapy.

The animation explains how reducing the amount of the parasite in the environment reduces production losses. Good husbandry – ensuring calves get sufficient good-quality colostrum after birth – and good management, such as disinfecting sheds...