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ERIC Number: EJ770085
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Mar
Pages: 3
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0744-8481
An Outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis among Veterinary Science Students Who Work with Calves
Preiser, Gary; Preiser, Lynda; Madeo, Leslie
Journal of American College Health, v51 n5 p213-215 Mar 2003
The authors describe an outbreak of cryptosporidiosis among students working with calves as part of their veterinary science technology program. After an off-campus provider identified an index case, school authorities requested cryptosporidium (crypto) as part of the stool ova and parasite examination of all students presenting to the college health center with significant gastroenteritis. Thirteen students submitted stool specimens that were examined for crypto: 7 were positive, and all were from veterinary science students. One of the calves used in the program also tested positive for crypto. All of the students were immunocompetent and recovered uneventfully. The outbreak was contained by strictly enforcing infectious-disease precautions in the calf barn. The authors recommend considering crypto as a cause of gastroenteritis, especially among farm-animal workers, and urge strict infectious disease precautions for those who attend to livestock. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York