Enhancing Cryptosporidium parvum recovery rates for improved water monitoring

Pagona Pavli, Sesha Venkateswaran, Mark Bradley, Helen Bridle*

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Water monitoring is essential to ensure safe drinking water for consumers. However existing methods have several drawbacks, particularly with regard to the poor recovery of Cryptosporidium due to the inability to efficiently elute Cryptosporidium oocysts during the established detection process used by water utilities. Thus the development of new inexpensive materials that could be incorporated into the concentration and release stage that would control Cryptosporidium oocysts adhesion would be beneficial. Here we describe improved filter performance following dip-coating of the filters with a "bioactive" polyacrylate. Specifically 69% more oocysts were eluted from the filter which had been coated with a polymer than on the naked filter alone.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-63
Number of pages7
Early online date23 May 2015
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2016


  • Cryptosporidiosis outbreaks
  • Cryptosporidium oocysts
  • Protozoa
  • Recovery rate
  • USEPA 1623
  • Water monitoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • General Chemistry


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