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Beaver fever sounds cute until you get it

It might be our national animal, but the beloved beaver doesn’t always love us back.

Whether he’s busy taking down your apple trees or building dams that flood your favourite farmland (I know all about this after a recent trip to Quesnel involving a tour over swampy, once viable fields with a shotgun toting friend), the oversized rodent can be a pest.

But he’s truly at his worst when you drink from the pond he’s been pooping in.

Giardia (or beaver fever as it’s commonly called) is a parasite passed along through feces — from beavers and other animals, including humans.

Though it can be transmitted hand to mouth, people are most commonly infected after drinking…

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