Amebiasis is an infection caused by entamoeba histolytica, a parasitic protozoan that can be introduced in water and in food through fecal contamination. Although it is more common in the tropics and in places with poor sanitation, the country has recorded 134 fatalities from 1990 to 2007, a majority of which happened in California and Texas.
Mild amebiasis is oftentimes manifested in non-severe symptoms such as stomach cramps, pain, and loose stool. However, severe forms of amebiasis may lead to dysentery, a life-threatening medical condition that is associated with watery or bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever, chills, convulsions, and even coma.
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