Amebiasis is an intestinal illness that’s typically transmitted when someone eats or drinks something that’s contaminated with the parasite Entamoeba histolytica (E. histolytica)-the parasite is an amoeba, a single celled organism. 

Most infected people, about 90%, are asymptomatic, but this disease has the potential to make the sufferer dangerously ill if not treated. It is estimated that about 40,000 to 100,000 people worldwide die annually due to amoebiasis. Infections can sometimes last for years. Until symptoms appear, can take a few days to weeks to develop and manifest.