It is also known as Amoebiasis or Traveller's Diarrhoea.
It is the infection of the large intestine, sometimes involving the liver. It causes diarrhoea among other symptoms.
Frequently affects people whose hygiene is poor.
Travellers to countries with poor sanitation are at greater risk of contracting the disease (hence known as traveller's diarrhoea).
It can affect any one young or old of either sex.
About 10% of the world's population is infected with amoebas, particularly people who live in
Tropical areas of Asia.
In industrialized countries, amoebiasis is very common among recent immigrants and travellers who visit countries where amoebas are prevalent.