What Is Entamoeba Histolytica?

Entamoeba histolytica is an anaerobic parasitic amoebozoan. It is responsible for about 35 to 50 million infections and 55,000 deaths worldwide each year.

History of Entamoeba Histolytica

In 1873, Friedrich Losch discovered the species entamoeba histolytica in Russia, where he was diagnosing a young farmer who had been suffering from chronic dysentery.

A few years after Losch’s discovery, researchers in Russia conducted over a dozen scientific studies on the newly discovered yet mysterious species.

Those studies revealed that entamoeba is a human pathogen, as it’s responsible for the infection, amebiasis. Furthermore, it also modulates the virulence of certain human viruses, such as AIDS and HIV.

According to recent studies, researchers estimate entamoeba histolytica to infect about 35 to 50 million people worldwide and kill 55,000 out of them each year.

Symptoms of Diseases Caused By Entamoeba Histolytica

Entamoeba histolytica is the only documented cause of amebiasis — an infection of the intestines caused by eating or drinking something that’s contaminated with entamoeba histolytica.

People who develop amebiasis typically suffer from the following symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Excessive gas
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Tenesmus (rectal pain while having a bowel movement)
  • Diarrhea (passage of 3 to 8 semiformed stools per day, or passage of soft stools with mucus or blood)

Although none of those symptoms sound serious, health experts say that amebiasis can lead to more serious conditions if it’s not treated right away.

Another thing you should know about amebiasis is that it’s contagious and may stay contagious for weeks to many years if untreated.

Furthermore, most people who catch amebiasis experience no symptoms. As a result, they carry it around without even being aware they’re sick and spread it to other people — just like COVID-19.

How You Can Treat Entamoeba Histolytica

Since entamoeba histolytica is developing resistance to antibiotics, there’s no knowing whether the medicine that can treat it today will work tomorrow.

Currently, doctors prescribe a course of 750 milligrams of metronidazole for 7 to 10 days or 2 grams of tinidazole for 5 days to treat an infection caused by entamoeba histolytica.

All that being said, unless you’re already suffering from a disease caused by entamoeba histolytica, you shouldn’t be worrying about the treatment.

You should be worrying about how to prevent the disease.

Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So why not take safety precautions right now, so you won’t have to face the risk of facing a problem caused by entamoeba histolytica?

If you’re now wondering what safety precautions we are talking about, disinfecting your home and workplace with a solution that can kill entamoeba histolytica is all you need to do.

How Alliance Enviro-Tech Can Help

Alliance Enviro-Tech can disinfect both residential and commercial spaces thoroughly.

Our Path-Guard® System can kill entamoeba histolytica in under 5 minutes, giving you peace of mind to know your property is safe for everyone living or working there.

For more information, contact us to find out how we can help keep your property safe and clean.