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Giardiasis is a diarrheal illness caused by the parasite Giardia intestinalis (also known as Giardia lamblia or Giardia duodenalis). A parasite is an organism that feeds off of another to survive. Giardiasis is a global disease. It infects nearly 2% of adults and 6% to 8% of children in developed countries worldwide. Nearly 33% of people in developing countries have had giardiasis. In the United States, Giardia infection is the most common intestinal parasitic disease affecting humans.

Giardia intestinalis The eukaryotic intestinal parasite Giardia intestinalis www.microbiologyb... photo by AJ Cann

Giardia - Looks like art to me : )

Giardia lamblia protozoa, SEM I picked some of these up on my second trip to India. Not a big fan.

Trophozoite of Balamuthia mandrillaris in culture. ( Balamuthia is a free living ameba that can cause a very rare but serious infection of the brain and spinal cord called Granulomatous Amebic Encephalitis (GAE).

Giardia lamblia. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the parasite Giardia lamblia in the human small intestine.

It's funny because that is exactly what's happening right now.

Parasites; Giardia lamblia

how I feel on the 16th hour of that damn double shift they talked me into.

This scanning electron micrograph shows a Giardia lamblia protozoan during the process of cell division