The Idaho Department of Agriculture (IDSA) has halted the sales of raw goat milk from a Parma dairy after detecting the protozoan parasite, Cryptosporidium, according to a Idaho Statesman report Saturday.

 Goat kids Public domain image/Rosendahl
Goat kids
Public domain image/Rosendahl

Agriculture officials issued a hold order halting all raw milk sales From Treasured Sunrise Acres until further notice. The parasite was detected in raw goat milk early last week.

The dairy and Agriculture officials advise consumers to stop consumption and discard the affected product.

Cryptosporidium is a protozoan parasite that causes an infection called cryptosporidiosis affecting people and cattle. The most common symptom is watery diarrhea, which can range from mild to severe.

Although it’s most frequently seen in young children, cryptosporidium can affect anyone. People with weak immune systems are likely to be most seriously affected.

Cryptosporidium is found in soil, food, water, or surfaces that have been contaminated with infected human or animal feces. Transmission occurs through animal-to-human or human-to-human contact. Consuming contaminated water or food, swimming in contaminated water and children visiting petting zoos are commonways people contract the parasite.

It is typically a self-limiting illness in otherwise healthy individuals. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page