It is possible that the main title of the report Giardiasis is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.
Giardiasis is an infectious disease that is caused by single-celled parasites (microorganisms) known as protozoa that belong to the Giardia lamblia family. Some individuals with giardiasis will not have any symptoms (asymptomatic). Others will have a variety of symptoms affecting the gastrointestinal tract including acute or chronic diarrhea, abdominal cramps, bloating, and a general feeling of ill health (malaise). The parasites live in the small intestines of humans and other mammals. The Giardia lamblia parasite has caused epidemics in certain parts of the United States where animals such as beavers contaminated drinking water by excreting the parasite through their feces. The Giardia lamblia cysts can survive in cold water for several months.
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