Saturday, 17 January 2015


Amoebas are living rhizopods consisting of a single cell that is mobile. Amoebae live in wetlands and can enter the human body through drinking water or contaminated food outlet. A species of amoeba called entamoeba histolytic is responsible of a disease called amebiasis.

After localized in the colon, the amoeba can be involved in dysentery with often painful and possibly bloody diarrhea associated with abdominal pain. It can then colonize other organs including the lungs, the brain or the liver more frequently taking it up in the form of abscesses.

Given these digestive symptoms or discovery of abscess imaging tests, confirmation of the parasitic infection is done on a blood sample, and so-called amoebic ides drugs can treat it.