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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1] Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Yazan Daaboul, M.D.; Serge Korjian M.D.

Overview

Risk factors in the development of amoebiasis include exposure to infected individuals, drinking unsafe water, alcoholism, age extremes (elderly or young children), pregnancy, immunosuppression, recent sexual history with unprotected anal or oral-anal contact, and recent travel to developing countries.

Risk Factors

Risk factors in the development of amoebiasis include the following:

  • Exposure to infected individuals
  • Drinking contaminated or untreated water (.e.g lakes, wells, streams, ponds)
  • Alcoholism
  • Age extremes (elderly or young children)
  • Pregnancy
  • Immunosuppression (e.g. use of corticosteroids or active malignancy)
  • Individuals with recent sexual history of unprotected anal or oral-anal contact
  • Recent travel to developing countries

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