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Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal:
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DETECTION AND MOLECULAR CHARACTERIZATION OF CRYPTOSPORIDIUM SPP. ISOLATED FROM DIARRHEIC CHILDREN IN SWITZERLAND

Glaeser, Claudia Physician; Grimm, Felix Ph.D.; Mathis, Alexander Ph.D.; Weber, Rainer M.D.; Nadal, David M.D.; Deplazes, Peter V.M.D.

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Abstract

The prevalence of Cryptosporidium spp. in diarrheic immunocompetent children living in Switzerland was 5.5% (15 of 273). Infection rates increased significantly with age. Anthroponotic Cryptosporidium hominis was identified in 11 children, 9 with a travel history. The zoonotic Cryptosporidium parvum bovine genotype was identified in 3 children (2 without travel history). Hence transmission of Cryptosporidium spp. is primarily of anthroponotic nature in the study area.

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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