One of the more common parasites we come across is Giardia lamblia, which is the cause of an infection known as giardiasis.
The number of giardiasis outbreaks reported due to foreign travel is growing each year; the most common countries we have found this to come from are Turkey, Gambia, Kenya and Bulgaria. This parasite lives and reproduces in the intestine causing severe illness through inflammation, infection and malnutrition.
Commonly via contaminated water associated with countries that have generally poor sanitation. Another common cause is poorly prepared food that has been washed in contaminated tap water.
Most people we have dealt with became infected with giardiasis due to drinking water contaminated with the parasite. This commonly takes place when water dispensers are re-filled with tap water, glasses are rinsed with tap water or food is rinsed with infected water.
Common symptoms of Giardia Lamblia can include:
Less common symptoms can include:
Onset of Illness:
Duration of Illness:
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