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Epidemiol Infect. 1996 Jun;116(3):303-8.

A mixed outbreak of cryptosporidium and campylobacter infection associated with a private water supply.

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Department of Public Health Medicine, Northumberland Health Authority, East Cottingwood, Morpeth.


In an outbreak of gastroenteritis affecting 43 people, cryptosporidium and campylobacter were isolated from stool specimens and in two cases dual infection was found. All the cases had drunk unboiled water from a private untreated water supply. Investigations revealed the carcasses of three lambs in a collection chamber connected with the water supply, and these, or run-off of slurry from surrounding fields, were the presumed source of contamination. Issues relating to the maintenance and monitoring of private water supplies are discussed. Problems with such supplies include old piping, proximity of livestock, inadequate knowledge of the layout and limited resources for monitoring and maintenance.

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