About Amebiasis

Amebiasis is an intestinal illness caused by the amoeba Entamoeba histolytica. In many cases, the parasite lives in a person’s large intestine without showing any symptoms. But sometimes, it invades the lining of the large intestine, causing diarrhea, stomach pains, cramping, nausea, loss of appetite, or fever. In rare cases, it can spread into other organs such as the liver, lungs, and brain. Amoebiasis is usually transmitted by contamination of drinking water and foods with feces, but it can also be transmitted indirectly through contact with dirty hands or objects as well as by anal-oral contact. The illness is very prevalent in parts of the developing world, including Africa, Latin America, India, and Southeast Asia.

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