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Detection of Intestinal Parasites


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Cryptosporidium - Cysts with Acid Fast Stain

Slide 34

March 2009

This is special stain that we offer for Cryptosporidium detection in feces, which stains the oocysts a deep red-purple color as shown on this slide. You can see that they stand out very nicely against the blue-green background. However, this is also a subjective examination and low levels of infection may not be detected, again, arguing for the use of the antigen test as the preferred method of detection.

Cysts with Acid Fast Stain


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