Table 1: Responses to questions on communicable nature, mode of transmission, possibility of cure, and knowledge about symptoms of giardiasis among 202 caregivers.

Response to questionsNo.(%)

Is it a modern problem?
 Yes 147(72.7)
 No 45(22.3)
 Do not know 10(5.0)
May lead to death
 Yes 79(39.1)
 No 96(47.5)
 Do not know 27(13.4)
The organ affected by Giardia
 Small intestine 125(61.9)
 Gallbladder 66(32.7)
 Liver 54(26.7)
 Stomach 11(5.4)
 Lungs 1(0.5)
 Bones 1(0.5)
 Colon 1(0.5)
 Do not know 39(19.3)
If one is infected by Giardia, one will
 Not necessary feel or know about it 127(62.9)
 Not have symptoms 0(—)
 Have symptoms 39(19.3)
 Do not know 36(17.8)
Symptoms and signs of giardiasis
 Abdominal paina 132(65.3)
 Diarrhoeaa 120(54.4)
 Loss of weighta101(50)
 Hivesa 88(43.5)
 Itchinga 66(32.6)
 Spots in the skina 55(27.2)
 Tirednessa 23(11.3)
 Fevera 16(7.9)
 Blood in faecesa 12(5.9)
 Do not know 32(15.8)
Most effective diagnostic tool
 Microscopy of duodenal aspirate 171(84.6)
 Microscopy of faeces 18(8.9)
 Biopsy 2(0.9)
 Do not know 9(4.4)
Is giardiasis preventable?
 Yes 175(86.6)
 No 19(9.4)
 Do not know 8(4)
Is giardiasis curable?
 Yes 191(94.5)
 No 9(4.4)
 Do not know 2(0.9)

aPercentages are of the persons that knew at least one symptom.