Giardia Lamblia: Protozoan Causing Giardiasis
What is it - biological definition
Giardia Lamblia, also known as Giardia Intestinalis, is a microscopic protozoan that can parasitize humans by settling in the intestines.
Summary of Key Features
- It is flagellated (moves through flagella);
- It is a microscopic being, measuring about 0.017 millimeters. They can only be viewed using powerful microscopes.
- They exist in two forms: cysts (eggs) and trophozoites (adult form);
- Feeding occurs in the intestinal wall of the host through the absorption of food;
- Reproduction is not sexual, but in the form of longitudinal binary division.
How it enters the human body:
The person eats the Giardia cysts present in the feces of humans carrying the parasite. This intake can be direct (through the hands) or consuming contaminated food or water.
Giardia Lamblia disease in humans
Giardia Lamblia may inhabit the human giardiasis. This disease causes abdominal pain and diarrhea. It is also responsible for intestinal malabsorption of nutrients present in food.
Species: G. lamblia
Don't want to be a Giardia host?
So take the following precautions: Wash food thoroughly before eating, drink only treated water, do not put your hand in your mouth if it is dirty, keep and use only toilets with good hygiene and wash your hands thoroughly when contacting feces. of animals or land.