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Amebiasis, amoebiasis, amoebic dysentery, or entamoebiasis is an intestinal disease caused by the parasite Entamoeba histolytica. This microscopic parasite can be contracted by consuming water or contaminated food.

This infection is more common in children and it affects men and women equally.  

It is present in the whole world, but most cases occur in developing countries.   

It is estimated that Amebiasis affects 50 million people around the world each year, and causes 100,000 deaths.  

Distribution of Amebiasis

It is a disease that is present across the whole world, but it is more common in tropical and low- to mid-income countries. The disease is prevalent where there is a lack of access to potable water, and deficient health and hygiene conditions.   

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