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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE GIARDIASIS DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is Giardiasis?

Giardiasis is an infection in the intestines caused by protozoan parasite (an organism consisting of a single, complex cell) called Giardia, usually a particular species of Giardia called Giardia lamblia (also called Giardia duodenalis or Giardia intestinalis). The main symptom is diarrhea, usually consisting of loose, foul-smelling, greasy stool. Other symptoms that you may experience include flatulence, tummy cramps, bloating, fatigue, nausea, anorexia (lack of appetite), and weight loss. Giardiasis can be an acute case, consisting of symptoms that begin 7 - 14 days after you become infected and that also last about 7-14 days.  Alternatively, you can have chronic giardiasis, in which the condition persists several months after the infection and the symptoms come and go.


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