IFST updates Crytosporidium Information Statement

| December 10, 2013

Crytosporidium oocysts (CDC)

Crytosporidium oocysts (CDC)

The UK-based Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) has issued an updated Information Statement on the water- and food-borne protozoan parasite Cryptosporidium.

Cryptosporidium can cause acute gastrointestinal illness in humans and other animals, which can be serious in immunocompromised individuals. It produces spores (oocysts) that are highly infectious and resistant to disinfectants, including chlorine.

The new Statement provides information about the biology of the parasite, its life cycle, detection methods and control measures, including water treatment options. It can be found in full on the IFST website here.

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