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Epidemiology of Giardiasis in Tasmania: A potential risk to residents and visitors


Beechey, JS and Bettiol, SS and Davies, N and Milstein, TC and Goldsmid, JM, Epidemiology of Giardiasis in Tasmania: A potential risk to residents and visitors, Journal of Travel Medicine, 5, (3) pp. 127-130. ISSN 1195-1982 (1998) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1708-8305.1998.tb00485.x


Background: Giardia infection is an ongoing problem in Tasmania and occurs throughout the state. It has been postulated that part of the problem is the reservoir of infection in native animals which is suggested to contribute to infections in humans. To date, however, no detailed study on the epidemiology of giardiasis in Tasmania has been carried out.

Methods: Information regarding the prevalence of Giardia infection in humans and the risk of intrafamilial transmission was obtained from the Department of Community and Health Services and from the direct examination of human or animal fecal samples.

Results: Giardia has been found to be present in a wide range of native and domestic animals and in humans of all ages from all over the state.

Conclusions: Giardiasis is endemic in Tasmania and poses a risk to locals as well as to visitors to the state, especially those who participate in wilderness activities such as bushwalking. These people must be aware of the possible risk of Giardia infection and should take precautionary measures to avoid infection.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Microbiology
Research Field:Microbiology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Beechey, JS (Mrs Jennifer Beechey)
UTAS Author:Bettiol, SS (Dr Silvana Bettiol)
UTAS Author:Milstein, TC (Ms Tal Milstein)
UTAS Author:Goldsmid, JM (Professor John Goldsmid)
ID Code:14638
Year Published:1998
Web of Science® Times Cited:15
Deposited By:Pathology
Deposited On:1998-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-09

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