Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology, Vol 1, No 2 (2009)

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Chemotherapeutics of Neglected Waterborne Parasites: Current Status and Future Perspectives

Ratna Chakrabarti, Debopam Chakrabarti


Waterborne protozoan parasites Cryptosporidium and Giardia cause diarrheal diseases worldwide. Cryptosporidiosis and giardiasis cause significant disease burden and economic impact much of the developed world and their treatment options are limited. These diseases are, therefore, included in the World Health Organization neglected disease initiative. These protozoans are also included as bioterrorism agents because of their potential ability for large-scale contamination of water supplies. This mini review discusses ways for therapeutic options to control the diseases caused by these parasites.

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