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Prevalence, detection and control of Cryptosporidium parvum in food.

Abstract

This review paper discusses various aspects of Cryptosporidium spp. and cryptosporidiosis, including the routes of transmission, the control of oocysts in food, and the available detection methods. The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) combined with DNA probe hybridization is a promising detection method. Recent knowledge on the molecular biology of the parasite for the development of new PCR assays and their potential use in the detection of C. parvum in food are described.