Research Article

Cryptosporidiosis in an urban community.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1984; 289 doi: (Published 29 September 1984) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1984;289:814
  1. D A Hunt,
  2. R Shannon,
  3. S R Palmer,
  4. A E Jephcott


    Over three months Cryptosporidium oocysts were identified in faecal samples from 43 (5%) of 867 patients presenting to their general practitioners with gastrointestinal symptoms. Cryptosporidium was the second most common enteric pathogen identified. Of the 867 patients, 329 were children aged under 5, of whom 24 (7%) excreted Cryptosporidium. A characteristic clinical presentation of infection with Cryptosporidium was recognised--namely, mild gastroenteritis with four to six watery, mucoid, and offensive motions a day, which lasted for one to two weeks. The source of infection was not identified, but direct contact with farm animals was not a feature and no association with a common water supply could be established.