Giardiasis is a form of gastroenteritis, characterised by diarrhoeal illness that is caused by a microscopic parasite, Giardia lamblia. G. lamblia lives in the intestines of humans and many animals. Giardiasis occurs when the parasites are ingested, most commonly when contaminated water containing the parasites is drunk. Contaminated water may come from lakes or ponds, swimming pools, contaminated drinking water or ice. Giardiasis is a notifiable disease.
Giardiasis in Ireland, 2018
|270||The number of giardia notifications in 2018|
|5.7||The national notification rate per 100,000 population in 2018|
Last updated: 1st July 2019