Dysentery - Definition

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Dysentery or dysenteric syndrome is an infection in the small intestine which is potentially serious and chronic. The symptoms of dysentery are frequent and sometimes bloody diarrhea, the presence of mucus, and abdominal pain occurring in violent attacks. It can be caused either by different bacteria such as Campylobacter jejuni, shigella, salmonella, or a parasitic amoeba called entamoeba histolytica a parasite also involved in some liver abscesses. In Europe, only bacterial dysentery is present, amoebic dysentery occurs during travel to hot countries.