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Christopher Mills
(Hiker816) - MLife

Locale: Denver
Giardia Vaccine on 12/16/2008 15:50:22 MST Print View

A friend of mine just alerted me to this article. Looks like we might get a workable Giardia vaccine in the not too distant future:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/16/science/16giar.html?_r=1&em

Joe Kuster
(slacklinejoe) - MLife

Locale: Flatirons
Giardia Vaccine on 12/16/2008 16:52:30 MST Print View

We've had them for dogs for a while now. I'm suprised it's taken this long.

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Giardia Vaccine on 12/16/2008 17:56:32 MST Print View

Christopher,
What an interesting article. Thanks for passing it on.

Scott S
(sschloss1) - F

Locale: New England
Interesting on 12/16/2008 18:20:14 MST Print View

What I want to know now is if a Giardia vacccine would really make a difference for backpacking. That is, how much backcountry illness is caused by Giardia vs. other bacteria, viruses, protozoans, etc.?

Buck Nelson
(Colter) - MLife

Locale: Alaska
Re: Interesting on 12/24/2012 19:11:00 MST Print View

I think a Giardia vaccine would make a big difference. While the majority of backcountry illness is not Giardia, I think it's likely the majority of serious (as in having to seek treatment) gastrointestinal illness contracted in the backcountry IS Giardia.