Current EPA drinking water standards are designed to assure 99 percent removal or killing of Cryptosporidium. People who have severely weakened immune systems (immunocompromised) are more high-risk to infection than the general population and may want to take extra precautions. These include pregnant women, infants, the elderly, people with HIV/AIDS, organ transplants, and people on cancer therapy. Cryptosporidiosis is not treatable with antibiotics, so prevention of infection is critical. People with weakened immune systems will have cryptosporidiosis for a longer period of time, and it could become life-threatening. Young children, pregnant women, or the elderly infected with cryptosporidiosis can quickly become severely dehydrated.
Should I be concerned about cryptosporidium in my drinking water?
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