Amoebiasis

Abstract

Amoebiasis is caused by the protozoan parasite Entamoeba histolytica, a human‐specific pathogen that thrives in areas of poor sanitation. The clinical manifestations of E. histolytica infection range from asymptomatic colonization to invasive disease manifest as amoebic dysentery or amoebic liver abscess.

Keywords: Entamoeba histolytica; amoebic colitis; amoebic liver abscess; dysentery

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Stanley, Samuel L, and Li, Ellen(Apr 2001) Amoebiasis. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0001944]