Cryptosporidium in bivalves as indicators of fecal pollution in the California coastal ecosystem

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The fecal parasites such as Cryptosporidium spp. that cause diarrheal disease in human and animals along the California coast is not so much known. Cryptosporidium spp. may be useful protozoal indicators for investigating sources of fecal pollution because some genotypes of parasite are host specific while other genotypes are shed by a variety of human and animal species. Bivalve shellfish may be useful sentinels of water quality because they filter large volumes of water, have a wide habitat distribution, and can be tested for pathogens using molecular techniques. An experiment has been performed with the objective to obtain critical data on the epistemology of Cryptosporidium in freshwater, estuarine and nearshore marine ecosystems along the California coast. Cryptosporidium genotypes will differ in bivalves collected at sites exposed to human feces compared with bivalves collected at sites contaminated with livestock feces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-55
Number of pages3
JournalReport - University of California Water Resources Center
Issue number105
StatePublished - 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology


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