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Is giardiasis serious?

Symptoms arising from parasitic gastrointestinal infection by Giardia lamblia include abdominal cramping, foul-smelling diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, flatulence, and weight loss. Giardiasis can usually be treated relatively easily with oral anthelmintic medication such as metronidazole. Symptoms suggestive of giardiasis should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider immediately.

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