Giardia is a simple organism, but it is infectious when even a few protozoa are ingested. In the U.S., Giardia is frequently the most common cause of waterborne diarrhea. This protozoa has been found in about 80% of raw water supplies from streams, lakes, ponds, rivers and mountain water. Giardia is usually acquired through ingestion of either contaminated water or food or via person-to-person contact (fecal matter). Giardiasis is a mild infectious disorder, but a few patients may present with abrupt explosive watery diarrhea, abdominal cramps, foul-smelling stools, fever, vomiting and general malaise. Once Giardia infection is diagnosed, most can be treated as outpatients. People at the highest risk of acquiring this organism include travelers, campers, children, men who have sex with men and those with immunodeficiency syndromes.
The goal of this Giardia continuing education program is to provide healthcare professionals, specifically pharmacists, dietitians, and health educators, with information about Giardia and the epidemiology, presentation and management of the infection. After studying the material presented here, you should be able to:
- Describe Giardia, its epidemiology and clinical presentation
- Review the different approaches to identifying the organism
- Discuss treatment options open to the healthcare professional team and the drugs available to treat Giardia infections
This course is intended for multiple professions, including pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, dietitians, and health educators.
Dietitians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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OnCourse Learning is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (#GD001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). This course is a level 1 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 4000, 4040, 4050, 5000, 5020, 5220, 5270 and performance indicators of 8.3.6, 8.3.7.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).
This program has been approved for fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM). Granting prior approval does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.
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Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.
Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.
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