Assessing the risk of cryptosporidiosis to dairy farmers in New Jersey and New York
Cleary, Seana J.
Mraz, Alexis L.
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Cryptosporidium parvum is a protozoa that causes gastrointestinal disease in young calves, including diarrhea, dehydration, and occasionally death. Cryptosporidiosis is a zoonotic disease that is usually self-limiting in humans but can cause gastroenteritis and other life-threatening symptoms in immunocompromised patients. C. parvum oocysts can be spread from animal-to person, person-to-person, and through ingestion of contaminated food and water. Dairy farmers have an increased occupational risk of cryptosporidiosis due to their frequent contact with livestock, but their risk may be lessened by proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and health education. In this context, the research question of this study is: What is the risk of cryptosporidiosis to dairy farmers in New Jersey (NJ) and New York (NY)?
Department of Public Health
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