Giardia: Overview

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:42 by admin
Giardia intestinalis (also known as Giardia lamblia), is a microscopic parasite that may live in the intestines of people and animals. It is passed out of the body in the stool of an infected person or animal. Giardia can be found in soil, food, water, or surfaces that have been contaminated with the feces of infected humans or animals.

Giardia has a protective outer shell that allows it to survive outside the body for long periods. In the last twenty years, Giardia has become recognized as one of the most common causes of waterborne disease (drinking and recreational) in humans in the United States. The parasite is found in every region of the United States and throughout the world.

Ingesting Giardia causes Giardiasis, a diarrheal illness with symptoms including, but not necessarily limited to, diarrhea, loose or watery stool, stomach cramps, and upset stomach.

See your doctor if you have experienced serious health problems after swimming in a pool that may have been contaminated with Giardia. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

See Also

  1. Harmful Bacteria & Fungus: Overview
  2. Diarrhea: Overview
  3. Digestive Disorders: Overview
  4. Giardiasis: Overview
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