Survey of Entamoeba Histolytica in Taitung County

Chu T.B

1992 Vol.8 NO.6

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Entamoeba histolytica is a monocellular organism. It exists primarily in tropical and sub-tropical areas of poorer sanitary and personal hygiene conditions and lower social- economic conditions. The protozoa live in the large intestines of men to cause amoebic dysentery, perforation of intestines, and by penetrating through intestinal walls into blood- streams or lymphatic circulations, to produce abscess of liver, lung or brain, or ulceration of skin.(1) WHO report (1979) shows that around 400 million population were infected by Entamoeba histolytica each year, though only 1.5 million had clinical disease. Amoebic dysentery thus seems to be a disease of high prevalence but low morbidity and fatality rates.(2,3)