Cryptosporidium is an increasingly important parasitic protozoan often spread in the environment with cattle manure. AFSRC scientists studied the seasonal distribution of Cryptosporidium in soils and on forage in beef cattle grazed paddocks and winter-grazed hay paddocks in central Appalachia. The results of the study were recently published in the scientific journal Foodborne Pathogens and Disease and impact the Appalachian Region’s ability to sustain small farms and rural communities, protect water quality and food safety, and help assure food security.
Boyer, D. G. and E. Kuczynska. 2010. Prevalence and Concentration of Cryptosporidium Oocysts in Beef Cattle Paddock Soils and Forage. Foodborne Pathogens and Disease, 7(8):893-900. doi:10.1089/fpd.2009.0480
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