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Entamoeba histolytica

anaerobic parasitic protozoan

Entamoeba histolytica is an parasitic protozoan, part of the genus Entamoeba. It infects mainly humans and other primates.

Entamoeba histolytica
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Entamoeba histolytica cyst
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Entamoeba histolytica

E. histolytica is estimated to infect about 50 million people worldwide. About seventy thousand die each year, mostly from liver abscesses or other complications. The disease it causes is known as amoebiasis. A related species, Entamoeba dispar, may be even more common.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Diamond LS and Clark CG 1993. A redescription of Entamoeba histolytica Schaudinn, 1903 (emended Walker, 1911) separating it from Entamoeba dispar Brumpt, 1925. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology 40 (3): 340–344.