Occurrence of Cryptosporidium oocysts and Giardia cysts in water supplies of San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Helena María Solo-Gabriele, Arba Le Roy Ager, John Fitzgerald Lindo, José María Dubón, Shondra Michelle Neumeister, Marianna Karas Baum, Carol Jean Palmer

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Abstract

During June 1996, water supplies of the city of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, were sampled to obtain an assessment of Cryptosporidium oocyst and Giardia cyst concentrations. Each sample was concentrated and stained with an indirect immunofluorescent antibody, and parasites were counted through microscopic analysis. In three surface water supplies, Cryptosporidiurn oocyst concentrations ranged from 58 to 260 oocysts per 100 L, and Giardia cysts were present in concentrations ranging from 380 to 2 100 cysts per 100 L. Unlike the surface water samples, groundwater had a higher concentration of Cryptosporidium oocysts (26/100 L) than Giardia cysts (6/100 L), suggesting that the groundwater aquifer protects the water supply more effectively from larger Giardia cysts. Cryptosporidium oocyst concentrations are within the typical range for surface water supplies in North America whereas Giardia cyst. concentrations are elevated. Efforts should be made to protect raw water from sources of contamination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)398-400
Number of pages3
JournalRevista Panamericana de Salud Publica/Pan American Journal of Public Health
Volume4
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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