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How can giardia be prevented?

Page last updated 28 February 2019

The best ways to prevent infection are:

  • Avoid public places as much as possible while you are experiencing symptoms.
  • Wash hands thoroughly after going to the toilet or handling animals.
  • Clean bathrooms and toilets thoroughly.
  • Do not drink untreated water.
  • Do not swim in public pools until at least one week after symptoms have stopped.
  • Do not prepare or handle food that will be eaten by other people.
  • Do not share any towel or face washer with a person who has giardiasis.

 For further information regarding giardia and its prevention, speak with your healthcare professional.

Sources & Citations

Victoria State Government. Better Health Channel. Gastroenteritis - giardiasis. Available at: (accessed 25 October 2018).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.11.0396 - Date of preparation November 2018