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Giardiasis in Canterbury: the first nine months reported cases.
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PMID:  8255559     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIM: To obtain epidemiological information about giardiasis in Canterbury. METHOD: From October 1990 general practitioners were requested to report laboratory confirmed cases. The first 100 cases were sent a questionnaire and also asked to provide the details of two persons to be controls. RESULTS: In the first nine months 109 cases were reported. Eighty four cases completed questionnaires and 51 were matched with controls. The overall reported attack rate was 4.0 per 10,000 population per year. The rate was highest for preschool children and young adults and in rural areas. There was a significant risk associated with having contact with sewage or travelling overseas and a marginal risk for drinking water outside Christchurch. CONCLUSION: The results indicated that giardiasis was relatively common in Canterbury and confirmed that the major mechanisms of infection were probably the same as those previously identified overseas, namely person to person spread via faecal-oral transmission and the drinking of inadequately filtered water.
P Mitchell; P Graham; M A Brieseman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The New Zealand medical journal     Volume:  106     ISSN:  0028-8446     ISO Abbreviation:  N. Z. Med. J.     Publication Date:  1993 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-01-13     Completed Date:  1994-01-13     Revised Date:  2010-03-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401067     Medline TA:  N Z Med J     Country:  NEW ZEALAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  350-2     Citation Subset:  IM    
Health Division, Canterbury Area Health Board, Christchurch.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Case-Control Studies
Child, Preschool
Giardiasis / epidemiology*,  transmission
Middle Aged
New Zealand / epidemiology
Risk Factors
Rural Health
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