What is giardiasis?

Giardiasis is an infection with a single-celled organism (protozoa) called giardia. The cysts of giardia are swallowed in contaminated food or water. Giardia lives in the small bowel and cysts are passed in the stool. The cysts in human stools contaminate the soil and nearby water.

Giardia lamblia is the cause of giardiasis.

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