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Amoebiasis

Amoebiasis (also sometimes spelt amebiasis) is an infection caused by the parasite entamoeba histolytica. People living or travelling in developing countries are most at risk from the disease, which occurs when something infected with the parasite is eaten or swallowed.

The disease can progress to amoebic dysentery in the wide, lower part of the intestine and may spread to cause severe damage to the intestine. Amoebic abscesses may form in the liver, lungs, and brain and elsewhere in the body.