Amebiasis is a parasitic infection affecting the large intestine and sometimes the liver. The parasite is found worldwide, but is more common in less developed countries. The disease is rare in the USA, but can be found in some high risk groups. Symptoms can be vague and many people do not know they harbor the amoeba. The condition becomes apparent when the parasite invades the tissues of the colon.
Causes of Amebiasis
The Entamoeba histolytica, a microscopic parasite, is spread by cockroaches, flies, and direct contact with hands or food contaminated with feces. Common sources for the infection are: infected food handlers, faulty hotel or factory plumbing, and raw fruits and vegetables fertilized with human feces or washed in dirty water.
Signs and Symptoms of Amebiasis
Symptoms are as follows: no apparent symptoms, bad smelling diarrhea, diarrhea often is preceded by constipation, abdominal bloating, gas, cramps, tenderness, mucus and blood in stool, fatigue, muscle aches, tenderness over liver, yellow skin and eyes, shaking chills, and weight loss.
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Medical Content Last Updated on 07/12/2008
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