Amoebiasis is contagious through saliva

Amebiasis: spread and transmission of the infection

Amoebic dysentery - the medical term is amebiasis - is a diarrheal disease that is particularly widespread in areas with poor hygiene. You can find out more about the transmission and spread of the infectious disease here.

Amebiasis is transmitted by unicellular organisms

Amebiasis is caused by the pathogen Entamoeba histolytica, a protozoan that moves itself with the help of pseudopods. The infection is usually transmitted via contaminated drinking water or contaminated food, as the Center for Sexual Health Rostock reports.

The pathogen occurs in two variants: the Minuta- and the Magnaform. Minute forms nestle in the large intestine and form cysts there, which are then excreted in the stool.

The insidious thing: the cysts are environmentally resistant, so they can remain infectious for a long time outside the body as long as the environment is sufficiently moist. Occasionally, minute forms in the body also transform into magna forms, which lead to the outbreak of amoebic dysentery.

Amebiasis - A Sexually Transmitted Disease?

Amebiasis is also a sexually transmitted disease, although transmission through food and drinking water is far more common. Amoebas can be transmitted during oral-anal intercourse, for example through the use of shared sex toys such as dildos or through smear infection, as the Center for Sexual Health further informs.

In which countries is amoebic dysentery common?

Amoebic dysentery is common worldwide, but is most common in tropical regions. Hygienic conditions, population density and income levels play a major role in the infection rate, as reported by the "Apotheken Umschau". People in developing countries, where sewage and groundwater mix and are used as drinking water, are particularly affected by the infection.

Often the sexually transmitted disease is common in humid areas such as port cities and coastal regions. According to the "Apotheken Umschau", there are high infection rates on the west coast of Africa and the coast of northern Brazil, but also in slum areas in Bangladesh and India.

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