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Who is at risk for Giardiasis?

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While anyone can catch giardiasis, some people are more likely than others to get the infection:

  • Parents and child care workers who change diapers
  • Children in child care centers
  • People who live in the same household as someone with giardiasis
  • Those who drink water or use ice made from untreated water
  • Backpackers, hikers, and campers who drink unsafe water or who don’t practice good hygiene (like proper handwashing) on the trail
  • International travelers
  • People who 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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