Amebiasis sickens dozens in Central Kenya sub-county

The parasitic disease, amebiasis, has been pointed to as the reason for an episode that sent a minimum of 29 individuals to a healthcare facility and killing one in Tigania West, Meru county in Central Kenya, based on a nearby media report.


The outbreak affected families–adults and kids. A 95-year-old man died.

Initially, cholera was suspected however, County public health director Ephantus Kariuki eliminated cholera and stated a laboratory report demonstrated most residents were suffering from amebiasis. “Most cases were reported on Friday once the holiday started. The lab analysis shows this really is amebiasis.”

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Amebiasis is really a disease brought on by the parasite Entamoeba histolytica. It may affect anybody, even though it is much more common in people who reside in tropical areas with poor sanitary conditions. For additional infectious disease information and news, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page.

People mostly get have contracted the parasite from ingestion of fecally contaminated water and food that contains the amebic cysts. Transmission also occurs through dental-rectal connection with a chronically ill or asymptomatic carrier.

Based on the Cdc and Prevention (CDC), no more than 10% to twentyPercent of people that are infected with E. histolytica become sick in the infection. Of individuals that do become sick, symptoms may include stomach discomfort, bloody stools (poop), and fever. Rarely, E. histolytica invades the liver and forms an abscess (an accumulation of pus). In a small amount of instances, it’s been proven to spread with other areas of the body, like the lung area or brain, but this is extremely uncommon.