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October 1985

Cryptosporidiosis Outbreak in a Day-care Center

Author Affiliations

From the Bureau of Epidemiology (Messrs Taylor and Perdue and Dr Gustafson) and the Bureau of Laboratories (Mr Dingley and Ms Patterson), Texas Department of Health, Austin. Dr Reed is in private practice in San Marcos, Tex.

Am J Dis Child. 1985;139(10):1023-1025. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1985.02140120069029

• An outbreak of diarrhea occurred in a day-care center in San Marcos, Tex, in August 1984. At the time of this study, the center was caring for 81 children aged 2 months through 5 years. A single stool specimen was collected from each of 50 children (62%). Cryptosporidium oocysts and Giardia lamblia cysts were each identified in stool specimens from 18 children. Three children had both parasites present in the same stool specimen. Echovirus 30 was identified in 19 of 25 stools cultured. Although three pathogens were circulating simultaneously in this group of children, only the presence of Cryptosporidium oocysts was associated with the occurrence of a diarrheal illness. Cryptosporidium may be a common cause of diarrhea in children who attend day-care centers.

(AJDC 1985;139:1023-1025)