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Clin Infect Dis. 2003 Apr 1;36(7):903-8. Epub 2003 Mar 18.

Cryptosporidium species: new insights and old challenges.

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Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Tufts-New England Medical Center, Boston, MA 02111, USA.

Abstract

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.

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12652391
DOI:
10.1086/368194
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