Cider Believed to be Causing “Crypto” in Iowa

An illness that’s often seen during the summer months is turning up this fall.

Department of Public Health Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, says they’re seeing cases of cryptosporidiosis or “crypto” — which is usually connected to contaminated water in swimming pools.  The summer version of the disease is caused by people with diarrhea in the pool or young children with dirty diapers in a pool. Dr. Quinlisk says the cider problem is likely linked to the way people are collecting apples.   The apples that come off the ground are the cause of the contamination.


Quinlisk says crypto causes prolonged severe diarrhea. The Iowa City area in Johnson County has had 11-cases — but there are cases reported across the state.