Entamoeba histolytica

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The protozoon that is the causative agent of amoebiasis (amoebic dysentery), a disease responsible for considerable morbidity and mortality in humans (estimated to be responsible for 50 000–100 000 deaths every year worldwide). The life cycle involves an infective cyst stage and a multiplying trophozoite stage and is transmitted by faecal contamination of water. ‘Nonpathogenic’ entamoebiasis is due to infection with another species, E. dispar.

Subjects: Medicine and Health.

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