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Giambi and the parasite...


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[font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica]Who is at risk for amebiasis?[/font]

[font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica]Although anyone can have this disease, it is most common in people who live in developing countries that have poor sanitary conditions. In the United States, amebiasis is most often found
in immigrants from developing countries. It also is found in people who have traveled to developing countries and in people who live in institutions that have poor sanitary conditions. Men who have sex with men can become infected and can get sick from the infection, but they often do not have symptoms.

[font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica]How can I become infected with E. histolytica?[/font]
  • [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica]By putting anything into your mouth that has touched the stool of a person who is infected with E. histolytica.[/font]
  • [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica]By swallowing something, such as water or food, that is contaminated with E. histolytica.[/font]
  • [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica]By touching and bringing to your mouth cysts (eggs) picked up from surfaces that are contaminated with E. histolytica.[/font]

Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi is undergoing tests for a potentially fatal condition sometimes caused by intestinal parasites, his personal trainer told the Newark Star Ledger.

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"He told me, 'I don't care about even hitting .220. I just want to feel better,' " Bob Alejo told the newspaper for a story published in Monday's editions. "He's exhausted, and it's not getting any better."

Giambi is being tested for a parasite called entamoeba histolytica, Alejo said, which can cause a potentially fatal condition called amebiasis. The parasite can be transmitted through water and food, among other ways, and it can embed itself in the intestinal lining, making it undetectable except by very specific tests, according to the Star Ledger's report.

Giambi has been tested for cancer and HIV in the last week. Both tests came back negative.

Giambi is scheduled to see another infectious disease specialist on Monday and will undergo specific tests for E. Histolytica, the newspaper reported. The results of those tests will determine whether the Yankees decide to put Giambi on the disabled list again.

There is concern that Giambi, who has missed 13 starts this season, might have to sit out the remainder of the season to rest. He's sat out four of New York's last five games; Giambi started at first base Friday in Boston but skipped the remaining two games of the series. He is hitless in his last 19 at-bats.

Not that theres anything wrong with that..........


edit: nobody wants to run with the "Giambi is gay" angle?

Sears? nothing?