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<i>Cryptosporidium</i> Species: New Insights and Old Challenges

Brett A. Leav, Melanie Mackay, Honorine D. Ward and David Acheson

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 36, issue 7, pages 903-908
Published in print April 2003 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online April 2003 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/368194
Cryptosporidium Species: New Insights and Old Challenges

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Cryptosporidium species are protozoan parasites that cause mainly enteric illnesses in humans and other animals. The mode of transmission is most commonly waterborne, but other sources of infection, including foodborne and person-to-person spread, have been documented. The environmental form of the parasite is resistant to most water purification methods, including chlorination. Cryptosporidium infection usually causes a self-limited diarrheal illness but can be life-threatening in immunocompromised individuals. There is no effective therapy for cryptosporidiosis.

Journal Article.  3840 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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