Detection and surveillance of waterborne protozoan parasites

Curr Opin Biotechnol. 2008 Jun;19(3):302-6. doi: 10.1016/j.copbio.2008.05.002. Epub 2008 Jun 2.

Abstract

The majority of the world's population still live without access to healthy water and the contamination of drinking water with protozoan pathogens poses a serious threat to millions of people in the developing world. Even in the developed world periodic outbreaks of diarrhoeal diseases are caused by the protozoan parasites Cryptosporidium sp., Giardia duodenalis and Entamoeba histolytica. Thus, surveillance of drinking water is imperative to minimize such contaminations and ensure continuous supplies of healthy water world-wide. This article reviews the progress in technology for detection and surveillance of these important waterborne parasites.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Amebiasis / prevention & control
  • Amebiasis / transmission
  • Animals
  • Biosensing Techniques
  • Biotechnology
  • Cryptosporidiosis / prevention & control
  • Cryptosporidiosis / transmission
  • Engineering
  • Eukaryota / genetics
  • Eukaryota / isolation & purification*
  • Eukaryota / pathogenicity
  • Giardiasis / prevention & control
  • Giardiasis / transmission
  • Humans
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis
  • Parasitology / methods
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Water / parasitology*
  • Water Supply*

Substances

  • Water