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Cryptosporidium Genotyping and Analysis

Analysing results at the crytosporidium lab

Our laboratory in Edinburgh is one of only two UKAS accredited laboratories in the UK which can provide you with both Cryptosporidium Analysis and Genotyping

What is Cryptosporidium?

Cryptosporidium is a parasite which can cause acute short term infection. It is spread normally through contaminated recreational water and can cause mild to severe stomach upset.

Recreational water sources includes indoor and outdoor swimming pools, hot tubs, fountains, lakes, rivers, springs, ponds, or streams that can be contaminated with sewage or faeces from humans or animals.

Why do we Genotype?

There are approximately 60 discrete species or strains of Cryptosporidium. Only molecular techniques such as genotyping or DNA sequencing can truly demonstrate the differences between them. Of all known Cryptosporidium species and genotypes, only small number can cause Cryptosporidiosis infection in humans while even fewer are capable of causing widespread waterborne Cryptosporidiosis outbreaks. As such Cryptosporidium genotyping analysis can enable better informed decisions regarding the protection of public health

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