Media Sensationalism Around Giambi's Condition

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Former American League MVP Jason Giambi is being tested for intestinal parasites.

Dozens of newspapers and internet sites have reported he is being tested for a "potentially fatal disease."

Dr. Randy Pearson, a family physician at Sparrow Health System and the doctor for the Michigan State University football team, says there is a bit of media sensationalism in recent headlines about the first baseman's condition.

He says Giambi is being tested for what is commonly known as amoebic dysentery. This is caused by parasites found usually in third world countries. Pearson says only one percent of people who contract the illness die from it. He says If Giambi does test positive for the parasites, he can be cured with antibiotics.

Amoebic dysentery is spread through contaminated food or water.