Worms/Parasites: Giardiasis by Olivia Simpson

* It is an infection of the small bowel by a single-celled organism called Giardia Lamblia. People become infected by swallowing a Giardia cyst found in water contaminated by waste.

Symptoms

* Diarrhea

* Greasy stool that floats

* Stomach cramping

* Dehydration

Treatments

* Antibiotic therapy (Metronidazole)

* Cleaner environment

History

* Giardiasis was first noted by Antony von Leeuwenhoek when he examined his own feces under a microscope.

* It was not confirmed a pathogen until the late 1970s.

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