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Cryptosporidiosis reservoir in wild brown rats (Rattus norvegicus) in the UK

  • J. P. Webster (a1) and D. W. MacDonald (a1)
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Rats (n = 73) were trapped from nine rural farms around Oxfordshire and faeces were examined using the auramine-phenol and the Modified Ziehl-Neelsen techniques. Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts were detected in the faeces from 46 (63%) rats. This suggests that wild rats represent a risk to human and livestock health through the carriage and transmission of this zoonotic protozoan.

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