As a ridgerunner, I've dealt with several cases of hikers unknowingly infected with giardia while on their long distance hike of the Appalachian Trail. You can bet it did not add to their experience to be waylaid by constant "runs". Below is an interesting scientific summary of this illness and its cause and treatment, written by SOLO Wilderness Medicine. SOLO is a terrific resource for all manner of health issues that can affect outdoor enthusiasts. I encourage you to receive their monthly e-mail newsletter and even consider taking a course sponsored by them. Check out also my previous blog on water purification methods when in the wilderness.
|Even pristine water sources can still contain harmful microbes that cause illness|
GIARDIASIS & DIARRHEA