Giardiasis is a diarrheal illness caused by a parasite, Giardia lamblia. Many children infected with giardia have no symptoms. Other children may have foul-smelling, greasy diarrhea, gas, stomach aches, fatigue, and weight loss. Giardia can easily be spread in the child's home and parents and siblings may become infected.

Giardia is spread from person to person when a person touches the stool of or an object which has been contaminated by the stool of an infected person and then ingests the germs. Infection is often spread by not properly washing hands after bowel movements, after changing diapers, or before preparing foods. Giardia may also be transmitted through contaminated water, such as in water play tables. Outbreaks have also been linked to portable wading pools and contaminated water supplies.

To prevent the spread of giardiasis in your child care facility: would like to thank the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and their contributors for this information in striving to make daycare and childcare a more productive and efficient service.

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