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

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Fecal pollution flowing from land to sea poses major health risks. New methods using bivalves (such as clams and mussels) as bio-indicators of fecal contamination were designed and evaluated in our lab. We then successfully applied these methods to monitor fresh and marine water quality in coastal California ecosystems. Our results suggest that humans and animals ingesting fecal-contaminated water and shellfish may be exposed to both host-specific and anthropozoonotic Cryptosporidium genotypes of public health significance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-32
Number of pages2
JournalReport - University of California Water Resources Center
Issue number106
StatePublished - 2005

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