Amebiasis can affect anyone, however, the disease mostly occurs in young to middle-aged adults. People who travel to areas of the world, which do not have a sanitary water supply, are at greater risk for getting amebiasis. Men who have sex with men can become infected and can get sick from theinfection, but they often do not have symptoms.
Symptoms appear 2-4 weeks after infection; however, sometimes, it may take a few days, several months or even years before becoming ill. Nine in ten people who carry E. histolytica in their feces have no symptoms, but can still pass the disease on to others. The symptoms are often mild and can include loose stools, stomach pain, and stomach cramping.
A severe form of amebiasis causes stomach pain, bloody stools, and fever. Liver abscesses and brain or lung infections occur infrequently.
However, the risk of spreading infection is low if the infected person is treated with antibiotics and practices good personal hygiene.
Wash hands thoroughly with soap and hot running water for at least ten seconds: