Clinical Features & Prevention


Intestinal Amoebiasis
  • Lower abdominal pain.
  • Profuse diarrhea.
  • Followed by dysentery (stools containing blood and mucus).
  • High grade fever occurs in fulminating infection.
  • Severe gastric distention of the bowels.
Extra–intestinal Amoebiasis
  • Fever.
  • Upper abdominal pain.
  • Jaundice may occur.
  • Amebic liver abscess (this abscess can rupture into the plural, peritoneal or the pericardial cavity).
Prevention of Amebiasis Primary Prevention The measures aimed at primary prevention center around preventing contamination of water, food, vegetable and fruits with human feces. Sanitation and Water Supply

The cysts are not killed by chlorine in amounts used for water disinfection.Sanitation & Water Supply Therefore, water filtration and boiling are more effective than chemical treatment of water against Amoebiasis.

Food Hygiene Since food handlers are major transmitters of Amoebiasis, they should be periodically examined, treated and educated in food hygiene practices such as hand washing.