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Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 2007, Article ID 21261, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2007/21261
Research Article

Survey of Obstetrician-Gynecologists about Giardiasis

1National Center Zoonotic, Vectorborne, and Enteric Diseases (NCZVED), Coordinating Center for Infectious Diseases (CCID), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mailstop F-22, 4770 Buford Highway NE, Atlanta, GA 30341-3724, USA
2Department of Research, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 409 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024-2188, USA

Received 5 February 2007; Accepted 24 April 2007

Copyright © 2007 Amy Krueger et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Giardiasis is one of the most common parasitic diseases in the United States with over 15 400 cases reported in 2005. A survey was conducted by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to evaluate the knowledge of obstetricians and gynecologists regarding the diagnosis and treatment of giardiasis. The questionnaire was distributed to a random sample of 1200 ACOG fellows during February through June of 2006. Five hundred and two (42%) responded to the survey. The respondents showed good general knowledge about diagnosis, transmission, and prevention; however, there was some uncertainty about the treatment of giardiasis and which medications are the safest to administer during the first trimester of pregnancy.