A direct immunofluorescence assay (DFA) (Merifluor; Meridian Diagnostics, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio) was compared to an immunomagnetic separation (IMS) assay (Dynabeads; Dynal, Inc., Lake Success, N.Y.) coupled with immunofluorescent microscopy (Waterborne, Inc., New Orleans, La.) for their ability to detect low concentrations of Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts in adult bovine fecal material. IMS-DFA resulted in a 2-log-unit increase in sensitivity (10 oocysts/g) compared to DFA alone (1,000 oocysts/g). The higher sensitivity obtained with IMS-DFA resulted from testing 2 g of fecal material instead of the 13 to 19 mg of fecal material tested in the DFA; the increased sensitivity was not attributable to a higher percent recovery.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Applied and Environmental Microbiology|
|State||Published - Jul 1999|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Environmental Science(all)