22 November 2001
Parasite reduction linked to cull
FOOT-AND-MOUTH culling may have led to a drop in the number of people becoming infected by a dangerous parasite, reports The Guardian.
It says that with fewer livestock able to pass on the disease, there has been a 40% fall in cases of cryptospiridiosis.
This parasite can live in the intestine of humans and animals and is protected by an outer shell that allows it to survive outside the body for long periods of time.
- The Guardian, 22 November 2001, page 14