Giardiasis

  • Alternative Names

    Giardia; Traveler's diarrhea - giardiasis


    Prevention

    Use a water purification method such as boiling, filtration, or iodine treatment before drinking surface water. Hikers or others who use surface water should consider all sources as potentially contaminated.

    Workers in day care centers or institutions should use good handwashing and hygiene techniques when going from child to child or patient to patient.

    Safer sexual practices, especially regarding anal sex, may decrease the risk of contracting or spreading giardiasis.


    References

    Hill DR, Nash TE. Giardia lamblia. In: Mandell GL, Bennett JE, Dolin R, eds. Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases. 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone; 2009:chap 280.

    Huston CD. Intestinal protozoa. In: Feldman M, Friedman LS, Sleisenger MH, eds. Sleisenger & Fordtran's Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease. 8th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2006: chap 106.