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Inactivation of Cryptosporidium parvum under chlorinated recreational water conditions.

In the present study, free chlorine Ct values were measured at pH 7.5 using young oocysts (<1 month old) and tissue culture to determine oocyst viability. Two different oocyst isolates were used: one originating from Iowa and one from Maine (USA). This study determined that the Ct values for a 3-log reduction in oocyst viability were 10,400 (Iowa) and 15,300 (Maine) at pH 7.5. These Ct values are higher than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (USA) currently recommends (Ct=9,600) for achieving a 3.0-log inactivation of Cryptosporidium oocysts during remediation of recreational water venues following fecal diarrhea accidents. J Water Health. 2008;6(4):513-20.

Author: Shields JM, Hill VR, Arrowood MJ, Beach MJ

Published: 01/01/2008

Publication Type: Journal article

Publisher: Journal of Water and Health