WATERCRYGIA PROJECT

 

The effects of global warming induce the reduction of drinking water supplies, worldwide. This concern, together with the continuous increasing of the presence of contaminants and emerging pathogens includingCryptosporidium and Giardia, leading to water-borne diseases, is one of the most challenging problems currently facing several middle and east European countries, including Romania.

In our country, no information on the monitor of presence and species identification of Cryptosporidium and Giardia isolates from aquatic environment is available. In this project three main objectives were established: (i) to provide valuable data on the occurrence and extent of contamination with Cryptosporidium oocysts and Giardia cysts of natural surface water samples (rivers, tributaries, fountains, springs) being water sources from Western Romania; (ii) to determine the potential impact of water-borne Cryptosporidium and Giardia on animal and public health and (iii) to develop and to implement of effective control strategies in water-borne cryptosporidiosis and giardiasis. We expect to setting up an operational Romanian network for prevention of waterborne cryptosporidiosis and giardiasis. Results obtained will be communicated in scientific national and international meetings, published in national and international scientific journals and discussed with the national Public and Veterinary Health Authorities.