Occurrence and significance of Cryptosporidium infection in Calcutta

Pal, S. ; Bhattacharya, S. K. ; Das, P. ; Chaudhuri, P. ; Dutta, P. ; De, S. P. ; Sen, D. ; Saha, M. R. ; Nair, G. B. ; Pal, S. C. (1989) Occurrence and significance of Cryptosporidium infection in Calcutta Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 83 (4). pp. 520-521. ISSN 0035-9203

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During a 2-year study, Cryptosporidium oocysts were detected in 32 (5·6%) of 566 hospitalized paediatric diarrhoea cases and 2 (1·2%) of 167 nondiarrhoeic individuals. Cryptosporidium was the sole pathogen detected in 17 (3·0%) of the 32 positive cases; in the other 15 it occurred in combination with one or more other established enteropathogen(s). The frequency of detection of the parasite was highest in the 0-6 months age group; no sex-specific difference was discernible. The detection rate of the parasite was highest during the monsoon and post-monsoon months. Most of the patients had watery stools with a mild to moderate degree of dehydration, with the diarrhoea lasting for less than 7 d.

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