Alison E. Heald, MD; John A. Bartlett, MD
Heald A., Bartlett J.; Cryptosporidium Spread in a Group Residential Home. Ann Intern Med. 1994;121:467-468. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-121-6-199409150-00015
Download citation file:
Published: Ann Intern Med. 1994;121(6):467-468.
TO THE EDITOR:
Newman and colleagues  describe new evidence for person-to-person transmission of Cryptosporidium parvum in urban households of northeast Brazil. They acknowledge the potentially catastrophic effects of high rates of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in endemic areas of C. parvum infection. Although the endemic rate of C. parvum infection is lower in the United States, microcosms of HIV infection exist in which introduction of a single case of cryptosporidiosis could also be catastrophic. For example, an outbreak of cryptosporidiosis among HIV-infected patients in an infectious diseases ward in Denmark was traced to an ice machine contaminated by a psychotic, incontinent patient with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) who had cryptosporidiosis . Group residential homes provide another location in which Cryptosporidium can be transmitted from one HIV-infected person to another, either by person-to-person transmission or by environmental contamination.
to gain full access to the content and tools.
Learn more about subscription options.
Register Now for a free account.
Copyright © 2016 American College of Physicians. All Rights Reserved.
Print ISSN: 0003-4819 | Online ISSN: 1539-3704
Conditions of Use
This PDF is available to Subscribers Only