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The Continuing Fight Against a Lethal Parasite

A gastrointestinal parasite that causes serious diarrhea and malnutrition in infants and toddlers could well meet its demise in Saul Tzipori’s laboratory at Tufts University.

The microscopic bug known as Cryptosporidium, or crypto, is transmitted via the stools of infected people or animals, most often in contaminated water. The World Health Organization estimates that 840,000 children under age 5 die from diarrheal disease every year—more than from measles, malaria and AIDS combined.