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What are the symptoms of giardia?

Page last updated 28 February 2019

The symptoms of giardia appear around one week to several weeks after infection and may include:

  • Acute or chronic diarrhoea
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal cramps
  • ‘Floaty’ stools that contain more fat than normal and can be difficult to flush.

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