A condition caused by a parasitic organism known as Giardia lamblia, which is found in the duodenum (see INTESTINE) and the upper part of the small intestine. This organism is usually harmless, but is sometimes responsible for causing diarrhoea. The illness develops one or two weeks after exposure to infection, and usually starts as an explosive diarrhoea, with the passage of pale fatty stools, abdominal pain and nausea. It responds well to METRONIDAZOLE or MEPACRINE.
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