Two commercial immunomagnetic separation (IMS) kits for Cryptosporidium were compared for recovery of oocysts from environmental samples. Oocyst recovery efficiencies with the Dynal and Crypto-Scan kits ranged from 62 to 100% and 34 to 74%, respectively, for seeded environmental water concentrates (turbidity of 210 to 11,480 nephelometric turbidity units). Recovery efficiencies were dependent on the mechanism of agitation during the magnetic capture procedure. An assay combining in vitro cell culture and reverse transcriptase PCR demonstrated that oocysts recovered by IMS retained their infectivity
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