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PA Community Receives Warning of Giardia Cysts in Water

Cinnaminson, NJ – WEBWIRE

Earlier this week, a Hazleton City Authority water tanker was put into place for the residents of the Stockton community in Hazle Township, PA, an area that the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) reported the presence of Giardia cysts in the non-permitted public water supply. Residents were advised to not use or boil the water and to find an alternate source for drinking, cooking, bathing, washing and brushing teeth. The warning is in full effect until the township officials and authorities generate a new plan for its public water system.

Giardia is a microscopic parasite that causes the diarrheal illness known as giardiasis. Giardia can be found on surfaces or in soil, food or water that has been contaminated with feces from infected humans or animals.  Giardia cysts are protected by an outer shell that allows them to survive outside of the body for long periods of time, sometimes weeks or months, and makes them resistant to chlorine disinfection.

People can become infected by:

  • Swallowing Giardia picked up from surfaces such as bathroom handles, changing tables, diaper pails, toys and properties contaminated with sewage that contain feces from an infected person or animal
  • Drinking water or using ice made from contaminated water sources
  • Swallowing water while swimming or playing in water where Giardia is present
  • Eating uncooked food that contains Giardia
  • Having contact with someone who is ill with the parasite

Symptoms of illness normally begin 1 to 3 weeks after becoming infected. Occasionally, symptoms can last even longer.
“CDC states that it is not uncommon for some people to be asymptomatic carriers of the disease,” stated Diane Miskowski, MPH, Business Development Manager at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Children are more often infected compared to adults.”

EMSL offers specialized testing for Giardia, Cryptospridium, Acanthamoeba, Naegleria fowlerii, P. aeruginosa, Enteroviruses, Salmonella, Shigella, and Legionella by PCR for rapid identification of pathogens. To learn more, please visit or, call (800) 220-3675 or email . For service questions, please contact Diane Miskowski for expert information at 1-800-220-3675 extension 2528.
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of quality environmental, indoor air quality and materials testing services and products to professionals, industry and the general public.  The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.

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