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How do you prevent Giardiasis?

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There isn’t a vaccine, but there are steps you can take:

  • Wash your hands after you use the toilet, after you change diapers, and before you eat or prepare food.
  • Filter or boil water if you’re outdoors.
  • Try not to swallow water when you swim in a pool, lake, or stream.
  • Drink bottled water when you travel to places with unsafe water.
  • Use a condom if you have anal sex.

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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