Cryptosporidiosis and surface water

M. M. Gallaher, J. L. Herndon, L. J. Nims, C. R. Sterling, D. J. Grabowski, H. F. Hull

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In the period July throughout October, 1986, 78 laboratory-confirmed cases of cryptosporidiosis were identified in New Mexico. To determine possible risk factors for development of this disease, we conducted a case-control study; 24-case-patients and 46 neighborhood controls were interviewed. Seventeen (71 per cent) of the 24 case-patients were females, seven (29%) were males; their ages ranged from 4 months to 44 years, median 3 years. There was a strong association between drinking surface water and illness: five of the 24 case-patients, but none of the 46 controls drank untreated surface water. Among children, illness was also associated with attending a day care center where other children were ill (odds ratio = 13.1).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-42
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Gallaher, M. M., Herndon, J. L., Nims, L. J., Sterling, C. R., Grabowski, D. J., & Hull, H. F. (1989). Cryptosporidiosis and surface water. American journal of public health, 79(1), 39-42.