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Detection of Intestinal Parasites


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Slide 36

March 2009

Cryptosporidium infection has a very characteristic epidemiology. Infection is often food or waterborne, the latter which has been responsible for some very large outbreaks. This includes both drinking and recreational water sources. Person-to-person infection may also occur, such as in day-care centers.

Importantly, There are an estimated 300,000 cryptosporidiosis per year in the United States, making this the second most common parasitic pathogen that is identified in human feces.



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