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Section of epidemiology

PhD opportunity: Cryptosporidiosis in UK

Project Summary

Cryptosporidia are an important cause of illness in the UK, where cases exhibit a highly seasonal pattern with spring and autumn peaks of infection. The aim of this project is to better understand the populations at greatest risk of cryptosporidiosis, and the activities that contribute to this increased risk, with the ultimate goal of informing prevention strategies and improving targeting of health promotion messages.

The project will analyse data routinely collected by Public Health England from cases of cryptosporidiosis during both seasonal peaks of this infection. This, together with evidence from studies published in the literature, will be used to generate hypothesis about likely populations and activities that might be associated with increased risk of acquiring this parasitic infection. These hypotheses will be further investigated using appropriate prospective studies.

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