Scottish Parasite Diagnostic Laboratory

Scotland, United Kingdom

Scottish Parasite Diagnostic Laboratory

Scotland, United Kingdom
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Ramsay C.N.,Health Protection Scotland | Wagner A.P.,University of Strathclyde | Robertson C.,Health Protection Scotland | Robertson C.,University of Strathclyde | And 3 more authors.
Emerging Infectious Diseases | Year: 2014

Continuous exposure to low levels of Cryptosporidium oocysts is associated with production of protective antibodies. We investigated prevalence of antibodies against the 27-kDa Cryptosporidium oocyst antigen among blood donors in 2 areas of Scotland supplied by drinking water from different sources with different filtration standards: Glasgow (not filtered) and Dundee (filtered). During 2006-2009, seroprevalence and risk factor data were collected; this period includes 2007, when enhanced filtration was introduced to the Glasgow supply. A serologic response to the 27-kDa antigen was found for ≈75% of donors in the 2 cohorts combined. Mixed regression modeling indicated a 32% stepchange reduction in seroprevalence of antibodies against Cryptosporidium among persons in the Glasgow area, which was associated with introduction of enhanced filtration treatment. Removal of Cryptosporidium oocysts from water reduces the risk for waterborne exposure, sporadic infections, and outbreaks. Paradoxically, however, oocyst removal might lower immunity and increase the risk for infection from other sources.


Pollock K.G.J.,Health Protection Scotland | Ternent H.E.,University of Glasgow | Mellor D.J.,University of Glasgow | Chalmers R.M.,UK Cryptosporidium Reference Unit | And 3 more authors.
Zoonoses and Public Health | Year: 2010

The spatial and temporal epidemiology of human cryptosporidiosis was described by analysing sporadic cases reported in Scotland from 2005 to 2007. Measures of livestock density and human population density were explored as indicators of the geographical variation in prevalence. Cryptosporidium parvum was more common in areas with lower human population densities, with a higher ratio of the number of farms to human inhabitants and with a higher ratio of the number of private water supplies to human inhabitants. Cryptosporidium parvum caused disease in humans in rural areas and in areas with high ruminant livestock density, whereas Cryptosporidium hominis was more common in the more densely human populated areas of Scotland. The association of private water supplies and increased Cryptosporidium reports merits further public health efforts. © 2009 Blackwell Verlag GmbH.


Molloy S.F.,Trinity College Dublin | Tanner C.J.,Trinity College Dublin | Kirwan P.,Trinity College Dublin | Asaolu S.O.,Scottish Parasite Diagnostic Laboratory | And 4 more authors.
Epidemiology and Infection | Year: 2011

A cross-sectional study was conducted to investigate risk factors for sporadic Cryptosporidium infection in a paediatric population in Nigeria. Of 692 children, 134 (19·4%) were infected with Cryptosporidium oocysts. Cryptosporidium spp. were identified in 49 positive samples using PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism and direct sequencing of the glycoprotein60 (GP60) gene. Generalized linear mixed-effects models were used to identify risk factors for all Cryptosporidium infections, as well as for C. hominis and C. parvum both together and separately. Risk factors identified for all Cryptosporidium infections included malaria infection and a lack of Ascaris infection. For C. hominis infections, stunting and younger age were highlighted as risk factors, while stunting and malaria infection were identified as risk factors for C. parvum infection. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2010.


Kurniawan A.,University of Indonesia | Dwintasari S.W.,University of Indonesia | Connelly L.,Scottish Parasite Diagnostic Laboratory | Nichols R.A.B.,Scottish Parasite Diagnostic Laboratory | And 3 more authors.
Annals of Epidemiology | Year: 2013

Purpose: Cryptosporidium is an opportunistic parasite that manifests as chronic and severe diarrhea in the immune-compromised subject. We investigated the species of Cryptosporidium to understand the epidemiology, mode of transmission, response to treatment, and prevention. Methods: Polymerase chain reaction/restriction fragment length polymorphism of the 18S rRNA gene and sequencing were performed on 41 Cryptosporidium-positive stools from 36 patients with HIV AIDS, which comprised 36 pretreatment stools and 5 stools after treatment with Paromomycin. Results: C. hominis, C. meleagridis, C. felis, and C. parvum were detected; 28 of 36 (77.7%) patients were infected with C. hominis and two (5.5%) patients with multiple species of Cryptosporidium. Treatment with Paromomycin resulted in different outcomes, perhaps because patients harbored other intestinal parasitic infections. Conclusions: Multiple infection with various Cryptosporidium species in the presence of other intestinal parasites occurs in patients with HIV AIDS suffering from chronic diarrhea who are severely immune-compromised. Common transmission of Cryptosporidium is anthroponotic. © 2013 Elsevier Inc.

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