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Current Methods for Detection of Cryptosporidium Species

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Abstract:Current methods for detecting protozoa in water produce results that are highly variable. It is difficult to determine if the methods themselves, or the procedures for testing these methods, are the source of the variability. If testing procedures are responsible for high variability, then the way in which methods are tested may not provide a fair comparison. To overcome this problem, a set of criteria has been developd to aid in the evaluation of detection methods for parasites in water. Application of these criteria has elucidated some of the most important causes of testing variability. Approaches have been developed to overcome these pitfalls. Comparisons of several methods for detecting Cryptosporidium spp. in the environment, using more precise techniques, indicate differences in the efficiency of these methods.
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Citation:Lindquist, H. A. Current Methods for Detection of Cryptosporidium Species. Presented at Science and Mission Club, Cincinnati, OH, November 8, 2000.
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Contact: Mary P. O'Bryant - (919)-541-4871 or obriant.mary@epa.gov
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Division: Microbiological & Chemical Exposure Assessment Division
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Branch: Biohazard Assessment Research Branch
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Product Type: Abstrct/Oral
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Presented: 11/08/2000
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Bullet Item Detecting Ccl-Related, Emerging and Regulated Waterborne Human Protozoa for Exposure Assessment
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