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Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical

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AMATO NETO, Vicente; BEZERRA, Rita Cristina; RODRIGUEZ ALARCON, Ruth Semira  and  BRAZ, Lúcia Maria Almeida. Preservation of Cryptosporidium oocystis in fecal specimens for parasitological examination. Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop. [online]. 2003, vol.36, n.2, pp. 303-304. ISSN 1678-9849.

By using a simple and easily available device which contains a 10% buffered formaldehyde solution, fecal samples are rendered odorless and can be stored at room temperature with no biosafety hazards. Cryptosporidium oocysts contained in such fecal samples can be identified without difficulty by using the Kinyoun method. This system permits an adequate preservation of the material, which facilitates the execution of tasks related to assistance and epidemiology.

Keywords : Cryptosporidium; Fecal examination; Fecal preservation.

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