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Table 4 Treatment, severity of disease and time-delays in health care – laboratory-confirmed cases of giardiasis, Bergen 1/9 – 15/11 2004

From: A large community outbreak of waterborne giardiasis- delayed detection in a non-endemic urban area

  Yes Total Percentage Average Median Range
Duration (days) - 82 - 32 d 30 6 – 60
Weight loss 67 81 83% 5.4 kg 5 1 – 23
Physician contacts (visits or phone) 72 73 99% 4.4 times 3 1 – 21
Absence from work/school 54 76 71% 10.5 d 8 1 – 30
Hospitalisation 6 83 7.2% 3.8 d 2.5 1 – 11
Antibiotic treatment 57* 83 69% - - -
Patient delay in contacting health services (days) - 74 - 17.1 d 16.5 0 – 44
Physician delay in start of treatment (days) - 47 - 18.0 d 15.5 0 – 54
Total delay between symptom onset and start of treatment (days) - 51 - 33.1 d 31 9 – 69
  1. * at time of interview (8-11-04)