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The cold, clear water found in mountain streams and lakes may look
appealing but often contains Giardia lamblia, the
parasite that causes
giardiasis. On short hikes, you may be able to carry
from home enough water to drink. But when you are camping and backpacking, you
often need to use other water sources. Water from pumps in campgrounds is
usually safe, but if a sign tells you that the water is not safe or if you have
any doubts, treat the water before you use it.
To avoid infection with Giardia lamblia and
other parasites, use one of these purification methods:
Current as of:
June 4, 2014
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& W. David Colby IV, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease
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