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How do you get Giardiasis?

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You might:

  • Touch contaminated surfaces like bathroom handles, changing tables, diaper pails, or toys, then eat without washing your hands.
  • Drink water or use ice made from an untreated water source -- like a lake, stream, or well -- that’s home to giardia.
  • Swallow the parasite while you swim or play in water.
  • Eat uncooked food that contains giardia.
  • Come into close contact with someone who has giardiasis.
  • Travel to countries where it’s common.

From: What is Giardiasis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Medscape: “Giardiasis: Background.”

CDC: “Parasites -- Giardia: General Information,” “Parasites -- Giardia: Treatment.”

Mayo Clinic: Dehydration: Overview: Symptoms & causes,” “Giardia infection (giardiasis): Overview: Symptoms & causes,” “Giardia infection (giardiasis): Overview: Diagnosis & treatment.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on February 15, 2018

SOURCES:

Medscape: “Giardiasis: Background.”

CDC: “Parasites -- Giardia: General Information,” “Parasites -- Giardia: Treatment.”

Mayo Clinic: Dehydration: Overview: Symptoms & causes,” “Giardia infection (giardiasis): Overview: Symptoms & causes,” “Giardia infection (giardiasis): Overview: Diagnosis & treatment.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on February 15, 2018

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