Cryptosporidium on a spinach leaf, SEM

Cryptosporidium on a spinach leaf, SEM

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Caption: Cryptosporidium sp. on a spinach leaf, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). These are Cryptosporidium sp. protozoan parasite oocysts (reproductive cysts, in gold). If ingested, this parasite can cause gastrointestinal illness (cryptosporidiosis) resulting in diarrhoea or vomiting. It is typically ingested by eating unwashed food.

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