What is Amebiasis?


Amoebiasis is an infection caused by parasite the Entamoeba histolytica. The intestinal disease varies from mild abdominal discomfort and diarrhea to acute fulminating dysentery. Extra–intestinal Amoebiasis includes involvement of the liver (liver abscess), lungs, brain, spleen, skin etc.

Amoebiasis is a common infection of the human gastro–intestinal tract. It has a worldwide distribution. It is a major health problem in the whole of China, south–east and West Asia and Latin America, especially Mexico.

It is generally agreed that Amoebiasis affects about 15% of the Indian population. Amoebiasis has been reported throughout India.