Posts tagged giardia

Bieber Fever Blunder

  • Me: Ma'am, have you ever had similar abdominal symptoms like this before?
  • Elderly Patent: Oh yes! Once, I went hiking in the woods with my children and I got that terrible foul diarrhea after drinking from the stream. Silly me! But it was horrible. I forget what the doctor called it...
  • Me: Sounds like you had a case of Bieber fever.
  • Patient: Oh! Say that again?
  • Me: Oh...um...er...beaver fever?
  • Patient: Yes! That's the one.
  • Me: *Face-palming deep down inside.*
Giardia lamblia.
Another kind of intestinal parasite. This is also colloquially known as beaver fever. Giardia spp. can attach to the gut wall, causing irritation and inflammation of the duodenal lining. The result is a decreased absorption of fat and water, causing a foul smelling, greasy diarrhea. Other symptoms people can feel with Giardia is distension or bloating. It’s associated with water supplies contaminated with feces from a reservoir species. There can be cross infection between people and animals. So I suppose another term besides beaver fever could be Bieber fever?

Giardia lamblia.

Another kind of intestinal parasite. This is also colloquially known as beaver fever. Giardia spp. can attach to the gut wall, causing irritation and inflammation of the duodenal lining. The result is a decreased absorption of fat and water, causing a foul smelling, greasy diarrhea. Other symptoms people can feel with Giardia is distension or bloating. It’s associated with water supplies contaminated with feces from a reservoir species. There can be cross infection between people and animals. So I suppose another term besides beaver fever could be Bieber fever?