Giardia

Information on preventing the food- and waterborne disease giardia. The disease is caused by a parasite in the gut of various animals, and transmitted to people via contaminated water and food or from contact with infected animals or humans.
Prevent this food and water-borne disease.

Giardia is a parasite found in the gut of humans and animals such as cattle, sheep, cats, dogs, rats and possums.

It is passed on in the faeces (poo, tūtae) of infected animals and humans.

Giardia is widespread in New Zealand. The parasites can live in the environment for long periods, especially in lakes, rivers, streams and roof water.

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