In a follow-up to a story earlier this week, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is reporting two cases of Cryptosporidiosis in two Canyon County residents.

Cryptosporidium life cycle/CDC
Cryptosporidium life cycle/CDC

Raw goat milk has been identified as the potential source of the parasitic infections. The Idaho Department of Agriculture (IDSA) detected the protozoan parasite in Treasured Sunrise Acres’ raw goat milk. The dairy is located in Parma.

The tainted goat milk was sold in Idaho stores in Boise, Caldwell, Ketchum, and Star. Treasured Sunrise Acres Dairy, Idaho State Department of Agriculture, and local and state public health officials are recommending that anyone who purchased any raw milk (goat or cow) during this time should discard it immediately.

Cryptosporidiosis, or Crypto, is a microscopic parasite causing a diarrheal illness. Common symptoms include: diarrhea, stomach cramps or pain, dehydration (which is often most serious in the very young and the very old), nausea, vomiting, fever and weight loss. Symptoms usually begin 2 to 10 days after infection and normally last for one to two weeks. Once a person is infected, the parasites live in the intestines and are passed in the stool.

Those who have consumed the raw milk product and are experiencing symptoms are advised to consult their health care provider for testing, symptom management, and treatment, if necessary.