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    Question Cryptosporidium: Can AFT's get it?


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    Just another paranoid new reptile owner/parent, who watched a video on Leo's suffering from it and I'm now panicking

    *apologies if this is a stupid question for those with more experience, but I've only owned reptiles barely 5 months, and seeing how horrific this disease is... I couldn't imagine watching either of my two go through it *

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    You bet! My colony-wide crypto was probably originally brought to me by an AFT. Here's what you can do: ask your vet to do a crypto test on them. Then have it done once more in a month. If they are both negative you can probably rest easy. It costs a bit, but if you're really worried, it's worth it.

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    Oh god, another thing to add to my nightmare list x_X

    I have to take my new lad into the vets for a MOT and get a fecal sample done, since he's been a tad loose since bringing him home. So I'll ask about the Crypto test just for peace of mind ^.^

    One thing I can't seem to find looking around though, is where do they pick up this god awful parasite? Oo I know they have a lot of natural parasites that can breed out of control if their immune system becomes compromised, but from reading, crypto is not one of them... like is it hit or miss, food, genetics? Or just completely unknown? :C

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    Here's some additional info on Crypto: Cryptosporidosis: disinfecting, Mail Order test, + links
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    Given the fact that crypto can be asymptomatic (all of my current crypto positive colony is asymptomatic),that it is very contagious, that it's known that people have gotten geckos with crypto from pet store geckos who live in groups (and that cages are likely not adequately disinfected before new gecko go in there) and that there is a tremendous amount of buying and selling of geckos, I wouldn't be surprised if there are large numbers of geckos who are crypto positive and never have symptoms. When the symptoms show up it's pretty awful, but the real picture may be more complex (note that this is not a scientific statement, but my personal opinion given my situation and reports from others).

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    Thank you!

    So from reading that... its basically passed by either a person handling them who has crypto, and has fecal matter on their hands from poor hygiene... or feces from another infected animal... so it basically comes down to hygiene and sanitation?

    If you got your reptiles from a reputable breeder and maintain high levels of sanitation and use proper hand disinfectants / wash your hands before and after every handling/everytime you put your hand in their enclosure, you should be ok?

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    Quote Originally Posted by acpart View Post
    Given the fact that crypto can be asymptomatic (all of my current crypto positive colony is asymptomatic),that it is very contagious, that it's known that people have gotten geckos with crypto from pet store geckos who live in groups (and that cages are likely not adequately disinfected before new gecko go in there) and that there is a tremendous amount of buying and selling of geckos, I wouldn't be surprised if there are large numbers of geckos who are crypto positive and never have symptoms. When the symptoms show up it's pretty awful, but the real picture may be more complex (note that this is not a scientific statement, but my personal opinion given my situation and reports from others).

    Aliza
    Oh wow, so they can literally live for months/years with crypto and show no signs of it at all?

    So in a way its like chronic leukemia. It's present and testing positive, but for now the person's asymptomatic, and can be so for years, then it suddenly starts causing problems and making the person ill? Only with crypto, there seems to be no cure :C

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