July 17, 2007 – Water Line Break Possibly Linked to Giardia Contamination

A Carmel, Indiana, resident, who tested positive for the waterborne parasite Giardia, says she was not aware that the city had issued a boil notice after two water line breaks in June and July. After drinking tap water, the woman, who did not want to be identified, became

After the first water line break, Carmel residents were instructed to boil their tap water before drinking it. That message was spread through the media, e-mail and neighborhood networks. After the second break, the city used its reverse 911 system to inform the

Carmel City Council President, Rick Sharp, said that a water line had been cut unexpectedly, leading to the

The resident who became ill with bacterial gastroenteritis expressed her belief that more could be done to inform locals about the need to boil their drinking water:

“I’d like procedures in place when there is some disaster or emergency condition, that the people in Carmel are kept informed, and they can take appropriate action to protect themselves and their family.”

For more news on waterborne and foodborne illnesses, please see Topps Recall, Cargill Recall, and Pot Pie Recall.

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What I have learned in well over two decades spent in the pursuit of justice for injured clients is that knowledge is power. Getting the facts about waterborne and foodborne illnesses caused by Giardia and other parasites can help you protect yourself and your family.

That’s why I decided to create this blog. I hope it helps you to better understand the pathogen, Giardia, and to keep abreast of the latest news about outbreaks. I also hope that you become a frequent visitor to this site. Please let me know if there is any way in which I can help you as you navigate through the sometimes difficult and dangerous world of waterborne and foodborne illnesses.

For more information about food, water and consumer safety, also visit: foodpoisoning.com and Cryptosporidium.

Thank you,

Eric H. Weinberg


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About Giardia

Giardia food poisoning is caused by a parasite known as Giardia lamblia or Giardia intestinalis. Giardia is also a common cause of waterborne disease in the United States.

Symptoms of Giardia infection, or Giardiasis, may include stomach cramps, diarrhea, gas, belching, bloating, greasy stools, nausea or upset stomach. Symptoms may occur 1 to 2 weeks after infection, and usually last from 1 to 3 weeks. Weight loss and dehydration may also occur as a result of these symptoms. Some individuals with Giardiasis are asymptomatic, meaning that they do not exhibit symptoms.

Giardia infection occurs when an individual eats food, drinks water, or comes into contact with surfaces or objects contaminated by the parasite or its cysts (a dormant stage in which the parasite is resistant to many adverse environmental conditions allowing it to survive outside the body). Giardia lives in the intestines of infected people or animals, and is excreted in feces. Infection, therefore, is the fecal to oral route.

Common ways of contracting Giardiasis include: eating uncooked food contaminated with Giardia; swallowing contaminated recreational water (e.g., pools, spray parks, ponds) or drinking water; or putting objects or fingers in the mouth that have come into contact with the feces of an infected person or animal.

To diagnose Giardiasis, your doctor will ask you to provide a stool sample, which will be examined for the presence of the Giardia parasite. You may be asked to provide several samples since detecting the parasite, or its cysts can be difficult.

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Symptoms and Complications of Giardia Infection

Symptoms of Giardiasis, infection by Giardia,may include stomach cramps, diarrhea, gas, belching, bloating, greasy stools, nausea or upset stomach. Symptoms may occur 1 to 2 weeks after infection and usually last from 1 to 3 weeks. Some individuals with Giardiasis are asymptomatic, meaning that they do not exhibit symptoms.

Complications may include weight loss and dehydration as a result of these symptoms. Pregnant women, the young, and the elderly are more likely to suffer dehydration as a result of diarrhea and are advised to drink plenty of fluids while ill.

Free Case Evaluation

The Law Firm of Eric H. Weinberg currently represents victims of food poisoning outbreaks throughout the country. If you, or a family member have suffered from Giardiasis, and you have a question about your legal rights, you can request a free case evaluation from our firm by clicking on free case evaluation. You may also contact us toll free at 1-877-934-6274. To learn more about Giardia, food poisoning, and food poisoning law, please visit www.foodpoisoning.com.

The information contained on this page has been gathered from the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration and other sources in the public domain.

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Food Poisoning Blogs

Please visit the following food poisoning blogs sponsored by the Law Firm of Eric H. Weinberg:

To learn more about foodborne pathogens, food poisoning symptoms, and food poisoning outbreaks and food recalls:


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To learn more about botulism and botulism symptoms:


To learn more about Staphylolococcus (Staph) food poisoning and Staph food poisoning symptoms:


To learn more about Cryptosporidium food poisoning and Cryptosporidium waterborne illness:


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