Who is at highest risk for developing amebiasis?

Updated: Jul 19, 2019
  • Author: Vinod K Dhawan, MD, FACP, FRCPC, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Travelers to endemic areas are at risk for infection and represent most US cases. It is estimated that 14 of every 1,000 returning travelers with diarrhea have amebiasis, which accounts for 12.5% of all microbiologically confirmed cases. [20] Travel to South Asia, the Middle East, and South America poses the highest risk. Amebic liver abscess has been reported after a median duration of 3 months but may occur years later.


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