Entamoeba histolytica

November/December 2007   ISSN-1059-6518   Volume 20 Number 6


The Premier Waterborne Illness


The Master of Diarrhea –

Entamoeba histolytica


Infectious diarrhea caused by Entamoeba histolytica is the third leading parasitic cause of death worldwide, surpassed only by malaria (#1) and schistosomiasis (#2). Diarrheal illnesses caused by ameba are referred to as amebic dysentery.



About 4% of the US population and 10% worldwide have Entamoeba histolytica.

There are approximately 50 million new cases per year, with 100,000 deaths annually worldwide.

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