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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.

Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal: April 2004 - Volume 23 - Issue 4 - pp 359-361
Brief Reports

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.

Institute of Parasitology (CG, FG, AM, PD) Division of Infectious Diseases University Hospital (RW)

Division of Infectious Diseases University Children’s Hospital (DN) University of Zürich Zürich, Switzerland

Address for reprints: Professor P. Deplazes, Institute of Parasitology, University of Zürich, Winterthurerstrasse 266a, CH-8057 Zürich, Switzerland. Fax 41 (0)1 635 89 07; E-mail DeplazesP@access.unizh.ch.

Accepted for publication Dec. 15, 2003.

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.