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Giardia

Giardia; ;

Giardiasis ('gee-ar-dye-a-sis') is an infection of the bowel caused by a parasite called Giardia. Giardia infection is one of the most common illnesses caught from water worldwide.

Giardiasis causes abdominal (tummy) pain and diarrhoea. It is most common in toddlers and young children, and also their parents and caregivers. It is also common in people who have travelled overseas especially to developing countries where the water supply is not safe.

More information

To findout more about Giardia you could look at these websites

Department of Health South Australia 
'Giardia infection - symptoms, treatment and prevention'

Better Health Channel
Gastroenteritis - giardiasis

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