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Detection of Intestinal Parasites


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Cryptosporidium Life Cycle

Slide 32

March 2009

Cryptosporidium has a complicated life cycle. However, the basic components are similar to Giardia intestinalis. There is an infectious cyst stage called an oocyst that may contaminate food or water. In fact, recreational water sources are commonly implicated in infections. These oocysts are then ingested by humans and they exist in the small intestine. After multiple different reproductive stages in the intestinal cells, infectious oocysts are then excreted in the feces and may go on to infect other individuals.

Cryptosporidium Life Cycle


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