Cryptosporidiosis in Georgia (United States)
Investigation of a large, community-wide outbreak of cryptosporidiosis in Georgia in 1987 that resulted from contamination of a public water supply that met all standards in effect at the time.
After completing this case study, the student should be able to:
- Discuss epidemiologic clues indicative of a waterborne disease outbreak as opposed to a foodborne disease outbreak;
- Describe a boil-water advisory and discuss problems that might be encountered in issuing such an advisory;
- Help plan a community survey to determine the prevalence and distribution of a health problem;
- Interpret a dose-response analysis for an exposure and development of a disease;
- List activities that should be included in the evaluation of a public water system associated with an outbreak;
- Define turbidity and total coliform count and discuss how each are used to indicate drinking water quality;
- Discuss the typical steps used in the treatment of surface water at a community water treatment plant; and
- Describe the clinical features, epidemiology, and control of cryptosporidiosis.