Entamoeba histolytica - Definition

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Entamoeba histolytica is a parasite that is prone to colonize the colon and to destroy its cells. This amoeba, which can be ingested through contaminated water, only becomes truly dangerous when it is in the presence of Bacillus subtilis, another bacterium. This pathology is common in Latin America and most often affects infants and children. Entamoeba histolytica causes fever, intense and bloody diarrhea, hepatic and respiratory troubles, abdominal and thoracic pain, and sometimes even bloody sputum. There exist specific and effective treatments for entamoeba histolytica: namely, amoebicides.