Cryptosporidium as a common cause of childhood diarrhoea in Italy

A. Caprioli, G. Gentile, L. Baldassarri, R. Bisicchia, E. Romoli, G. Donelli

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Cryptosporidium oocysts were observed in the stools of 9 (7.2%) of 124 Italian children with diarrhoea, examined during the period 1 January-31 December 1984. In two children, the parasite was associated with other enteric pathogens. The duration of diarrhoea was 2-30 days, with a median of 6 days. In all cases the infection was self limiting. The mean age of the Cryptosporidium-positive children was 34 months, and all cases occurred in the warm season. Cryptosporidium was found to be the third most common enteric pathogen after rotavirus and Salmonella spp.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)537-540
Number of pages4
JournalEpidemiology and Infection
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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