Giardiasis is an infection of the intestines caused by a microscopic parasite called giardia. This particular parasite is found in areas with unsafe water and poor sanitation. People become ill after consuming water from contaminated rivers or lakes. The giardia parasite can also spread to food.
Some people may not experience any symptoms of this rare disease. If symptoms do develop, they often mimic common conditions such as the flu or Norovirus. Infected individuals may experience diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea, upset stomach, flatulence, greasy stool, and dehydration. It is essential to stay hydrated, since a number of the symptoms sap the body of fluids.
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