Ten cases of giardiasis, a parasite that causes flulike symptoms, have been reported in and around this community northeast of St. George.

William Coffman, health officer with the Southwest District Health Department in Cedar City, said the department usually hears of only three or four cases a year.The infection, characterized by stomach cramps, weight loss and diarrhea, is transmitted by person-to-person contact.

Coffman said the parasite is cyclic, and if the victim does not take care of it with medication it will return.

Coffman said there have been several cases in day-care facilities where employees have not washed their hands adequately after handling soiled diapers.