Health Care Provider Information on Giardiasis

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Required Disease Reporting
Parasite Information
Clinical Features
Laboratory Diagnosis
Treatment

Required Disease Reporting

Parasite Information

Clinical Features

  • The spectrum varies from asymptomatic carriage to severe diarrhea and malabsorption.
  • Acute giardiasis develops after an incubation period of 1 to 3 weeks (average 1 week) and usually lasts 2 to 6 weeks.
  • Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, and vomiting.
  • In chronic giardiasis the symptoms are recurrent and malabsorption and debilitation may occur.
  • Giardiasis Clinical Features
    CDC: Signs and symptoms of infection. Attention: Non-MDH link

Laboratory Diagnosis

Treatment

  • Some infections are self-limited and treatment may not be required.
  • The prescription drugs metronidazole, tinidazole, and nitazoxanide are the drugs of choice to treat giardiasis.
  • Rapid loss of fluids because of diarrhea can be managed by fluid and electrolyte replacement.
  • Treatment of asymptomatic carriers generally is not recommended.
  • Giardiasis Treatment
    CDC.Attention: Non-MDH link

Updated Wednesday, July 09, 2014 at 03:58PM