Amoebic dysentery is an intestinal illness caused by a parasite and associated with stomach pain, bloody stools, and fever.
Amoebic dysentery is caused by a parasite called Entamoeba histolytica. You may develop amoebic dysentery if you:
- Put something in your mouth that has touched the stool of a person infected with E. histolytica
- Swallow water or food that has been contaminated with E. histolytica
- Touch cysts (eggs) from E. histolytica—contaminated surfaces and bring them to your mouth
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Last reviewedAugust 2013by Michael Woods, MD
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