Amoebic dysentery is an intestinal illness.
This problem is caused by an infection with a specific parasite. A person may become infected with the parasite by:
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Things that may raise the risk of this problem are:
Most people do not have symptoms. Those who do may have:
You will be asked about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done.
Your stool will be tested to look for signs of infection. Blood tests may also be done.
Antibiotics will be given to treat amoebic dysentery. More than one may be used. Probiotics may also ease symptoms.
The risk of this problem in poor sanitary conditions can be lowered by:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Public Health Agency of Canada
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Roy SL. Chapter 3: Infectious Diseases Related to Travel Amebiasis. In: Brunette GW, ed. CDC Health Information for International Travel; 2016. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2016.
Parasites–amebiasis— Entamoeba histolytica infection . Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/amebiasis/index.html. Accessed September 11, 2020.
Last reviewed March 2020 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Shawna Grubb, RN Last Updated: 3/19/2021