American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Intestinal infection with the protozoan Giardia lamblia. It is usually asymptomatic in humans but may produce abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and nausea.
- n. infection of the intestines with protozoa found in contaminated food and water; characterized by diarrhea and nausea and flatulence and abdominal discomfort
“For backcountry users in North America, giardiasis is the most common wilderness-acquired infection causing diarrhea," says Dr. Howard Backer, who has a master's in public health and is past president of the Wilderness Medical Society.”
“Most of the patients with giardiasis had only minor gastrointestinal symptoms but were really ill with muscle pain, muscle weakness, flu-like feelings, sweats and enlarged lymph nodes.”
“Epidemics of giardiasis have occurred at ski resorts in the dead of winter because of drinking water contamination.”
“The test revealed infection with a parasite called Giardia lamblia, a condition called giardiasis.”
“Cure of giardiasis resulted in clearing of fatigue and related viral symptoms muscle pain, sweats, flu-like feelings in 70 percent of cases, some reduction of fatigue in 18 percent, and was of no benefit in only 12 percent.”
“In fact, 61 percent of fatigued patients with giardiasis had been diagnosed elsewhere as suffering from chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome CFIDS, compared to only 19 percent of fatigued patients without giardiasis.”
“The provision of high quality water can protect against chemical constituents and waterborne diseases such as hepatitis, gastroenteritis, typhoid, cryptosporidiosis, and giardiasis .”
“What should I do if I think I may have giardiasis?”
“Follow these guidelines to avoid spreading giardiasis to others:”
“In otherwise healthy persons, symptoms of giardiasis may last 2 to 6 weeks.”
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