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Rats (n = 73) were trapped from nine rural farms around Oxfordshire and faeces were examined using the auramine-phenol and the Modified Ziehl-Neelsen techniques. Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts were detected in the faeces from 46 (63%) rats. This suggests that wild rats represent a risk to human and livestock health through the carriage and transmission of this zoonotic protozoan.


Journal article


Epidemiol Infect

Publication Date





207 - 209


Animals, Cryptosporidiosis, Cryptosporidium parvum, Disease Reservoirs, Female, Male, Prevalence, Rats, Seasons, United Kingdom