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Cryptosporidiosis outbreak associated with an educational farm holiday

Evans, Meirion Rhys and Gardner, D. 1996. Cryptosporidiosis outbreak associated with an educational farm holiday. Communicable Disease Report CDR Review 6 (3) , R50-R51.

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Abstract

In April 1995 an outbreak of cryptosporidiosis occurred among 43 schoolchildren and four staff after a week's holiday at a rural farm. A retrospective cohort study found illness to be 3.8 times more likely in those who handled calves and 1.5 times more likely in those who habitually bit their nails or sucked their thumbs. Cryptosporidium oocysts were detected in faecal specimens from six of the 29 pupils and one of the four staff who were ill. Infection occurred in children despite supervised handwashing. The infection hazards of farm visits need more publicity, and further study on the risks of cryptosporidiosis transmission in the farm environment is required to guide preventive measures.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adult, Animal Husbandry, Animals, Cattle, Child, Cryptosporidiosis/epidemiology, Cryptosporidiosis/prevention & control, Cryptosporidiosis/transmission, Disease Outbreaks, Holidays, Humans, Retrospective Studies, Risk Factors, Wales/epidemiology.
Publisher: PHLS Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre
ISSN: 1350-9349
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2019 02:35
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/68415

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