An outbreak of Cryptosporidium has been confirmed in Devon, with 16 cases reported

The UK Health Safety Agency (UKHSA) has confirmed an outbreak of cryptosporidium in Devon. So far, 16 confirmed cases have been reported in Brixham and around 70 cases of diarrhea and vomiting among residents of the Devon seaside town.

Hundreds of people in Brixham are believed to be unwell, based on comments on social media. Residents shared their experiences of being sick for several days and the negative impact it has on their lives.

Cryptosporidiosis is primarily a waterborne disease, with infections often caused by drinking contaminated water or swallowing contaminated water in pools or streams. It can also be contracted through contact with animals or humans, reports Devon Live.


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South West Water (SWW) today assured that all tests carried out on the quality of drinking water in Brixham have so far come back clear. The company has since advised residents to continue using their water as normal and said it continues to review water supplies.

UKHSA is actively investigating the source of a cryptosporidium outbreak, with ongoing efforts to contact those affected for more information. Sarah Bird, health protection consultant at UKHSA South West, said: “We would like to reassure the public that we are working closely with partners to investigate the possible source of infection and put control measures in place. Other possible cases are under investigation and more cases are anticipated.