SOURCE: PathCon Labs

May 20, 2008 11:49 ET

PathCon Targets Crypto in Recreational Waters

Advanced Collection and Diagnostics for Cryptosporidium Reduces Risk of Disease Transmission

NORCROSS, GA--(Marketwire - May 20, 2008) - PathCon Laboratories, the pathogen control experts, today announced the availability of Express ID: Cryptonite(1), the first environmental platform designed specifically to detect Cryptosporidium from recreational waters -- including swimming pools, hot tubs, and water parks. The announcement coincides with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fourth annual National Recreational Water Illness Prevention Week (May 19-25, 2008).

Cryptosporidium, (Crypto), is an intestinal parasite that infects an estimated 300,000 people in the U.S. each year and is recognized as one of the most common causes of waterborne disease (recreational water and drinking water) in the United States. The protozoan is highly efficient at causing outbreaks because it is excreted in high numbers (millions), is highly resistant to disinfectants, and is thought to be infective at a dose of only one oocyst. Pool and water chemicals at normal use concentrations do not effectively kill the organism. Pools can be contaminated and become the source of an outbreak if an infected person uses the pool, especially in the event of a fecal accident. Because a contaminated pool cannot be recognized visually -- specialized testing is required for an accurate determination.

"Knowing whether a pool is contaminated with Cryptosporidium is key to prevention, and we are providing our clients with the ability to know quickly," said PathCon president and CEO Brian Shelton. "We designed Express ID: Cryptonite to give clients the rapid results they need, allowing contamination to be recognized early, minimizing the potential for ongoing disease transmission."

PathCon's Express ID: Cryptonite is the first complete kit for environmental detection of C. hominis and parvum from recreational waters at a concentration of approximately 1 oocyst per liter.(2) Test results can be obtained within one business day. Additional tests are available for chlorine-resistant, recreational water-related pathogens, including: Norovirus, Giardia, and mycobacteria. For more information please contact PathCon at 770-446-0540 or online at:

About PathCon

PathCon Laboratories, the pathogen control experts, was founded in 1986 by former CDC scientists to provide services in indoor air quality for the private sector. The company has since evolved into one of the nation's most respected outbreak, laboratory and consulting resources. It provides Fortune 500 companies, environmental health firms, engineering firms, industrial hygienists, hospitals and the hospitality industry with expertise in microbiology, infectious diseases, epidemiology, medicine, and disease prevention. PathCon's world-renowned experts make the decisions that craft government policy and industry standards that other labs follow. PathCon delivers the most accurate, high-quality, expert laboratory analysis and consulting to its clients, setting the lab-testing standard for the life sciences industry. For additional information, visit

(1) Cryptonite is intended for environmental research purposes and for testing of environmental water samples only. It should not be used in clinical settings for diagnosis, treatment, or the assessment of human health.

(2) Based upon a 10 Liter sample.

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    Donna Shelton
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