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Giardia lamblia (also known as giardia intestinalis, giardia duodenalis or simply giardia) is a parasite that is transmitted to food and water through infected feces. Eating food or drinking water that has been contaminated with giardia lamblia can lead to a range of symptoms; and, for small children, giardia food poisoning can have potentially-serious complications.
If you or a family member has been diagnosed with giardiasis (giardia lamblia food poisoning), it is important that you seek medical attention. It is also important that you speak with an attorney. Generally speaking, giardia food poisoning can be avoided with proper food storage and handling, and companies that expose their customers to giardia lamblia deserve to be held financially accountable.
Giardiasis is among the most-common forms of food poisoning. In the United States, there are an estimated 20,000 cases of giardia lamblia food poisoning every year.
Since giardia is most-commonly spread through water, virtually any food can carry the giardia lamblia parasite if it has been washed or prepared using contaminated water. While cooking or boiling can kill the parasite, improper food storage and preparation techniques can lead to consumption of contaminated raw and undercooked foods.
Giardiasis has several symptoms, including many that can be used to distinguish it from other forms of food poisoning. Typical symptoms of giardiasis include:
Individuals who have contracted giardiasis may also experience dehydration, weight loss, inability to absorb fat and lactose, and inability to absorb vitamins A and B12.
Giardia lamblia food poisoning is most risky for young children. While individuals of all ages can fully recover from giardiasis with prompt medical care, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), young children who contract giardia can suffer from developmental delays (both physical and mental), and they may also experience complications from malnutrition.
If you or your child has been diagnosed with food poisoning from giardia lamblia, you may be entitled to financial compensation for all of your losses resulting from the infection. This can include:
To speak with an attorney about seeking financial compensation for giardia lamblia food poisoning, please call (800) 780-8607 or request your free consultation online. We represent individuals and families throughout Florida; and, with our fee promise, you pay nothing unless we win just compensation.