Investigation of an Entamoeba histolytica Infection in a Provincial Institution
1997 Vol.13 NO.5
Amebiasis is a disease of the large intestine due to the invasion of Entamoeba histolytica. Infection is mainly by soiled hands, contaminated water or food, or direct contact with carrier containing cysts of the protozoa. Worldwide, the infection rate is around 12% (1-5).About 90% of the infected are asymptomatic and become carriers. Clinical symptoms include: general gastro-intestinal symptoms, diarrhea. enteritis and amebomas. Around 2-20% will develop direct extension to produce liver abscess (1-5).