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What are the symptoms of giardia?

Page last updated 07 July 2020

The symptoms of giardia appear around to 10 days after infection but may not appear for several weeks. Symptoms of giardia 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

5. Victoria State Government. Better Health Channel. Gastroenteritis - giardiasis. Available at: (accessed 17 June 2020).

MAT-AU-2000140 - Date of preparation June 2020