Giardia

2013

Materials

glass

Keywords

microbiology virus
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Giardia is a parasite that can infect the intestines and cause ‘giardiasis’ which can lead to sudden-onset (acute) or persistent (chronic) diarrhoea. Infection often occurs after drinking contaminated water containing the parasite, or eating food prepared or washed using contaminated water. Those most at risk of giardial infection include travellers to areas where giardia is common (countries with poor sanitation).

Created 20,000 x larger than the actual parasite, the artwork has been made for Artis Royal Zoo in Amsterdam and is also part of the Wellcome Collection in London.

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