An Overview Of Gastroenteritis (Amoebiasis)

Gastroenteritis typically occurs in a person traveling to a country with poor sanitation. A type of this condition is known as amoebiasis, which results in diarrhea. The main reason for this problem is a parasite known as Entamoeba histolytica that causes infection in the bowel. Amoebiasis generally affects you and middle-aged people.

The spread of amoebiasis can be prevented by proper handwashing. You will need to be careful about your diet and intestinal health when traveling to developing countries that face sanitation problems.

Amoebiasis symptoms

Signs and symptoms of this condition include the following.

  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Stomach cramps

Amoebiasis can also result in abscesses in different organs of the body, such as the liver. The time amoebiasis might take to cause an illness may vary from person to person.


Taking parasites or their eggs by mouth is one of the most significant reasons for amoebiasis to develop in the body. People with this condition often have Entamoeba histolytica parasites in their feces. Reasons this condition can develop include not disposing of feces properly or not washing hands after going to the toilet.

This disease can spread by:

  • Eating contaminated foods
  • Drinking contaminated water

What to do after developing gastroenteritis

If you have developed this condition after returning home from overseas, you may want to see your doctor. The testing procedure may involve a stool test. Your doctor will provide treatment and advice if results show that you have this condition.

Until the symptoms stop, you may want to take off from your workplace. Because this condition can be contagious, you may want to stay away from children’s services. You will need to be particularly careful if you are a food handler or a healthcare provider.


Because this condition can develop in anyone, it is necessary to prevent the spread of amoebiasis around the home. For this purpose, consider the following steps.

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with water and soap after going to the toilet.
  • Make sure that your bathroom and toilet is clean. The toilet seal and taps should remain uncontaminated the entire time.
  • Make sure to avoid sharing towels and face washers.

If your work or household routine involves food preparation or handling, you have to make sure to follow the steps below.

  • Keep your hands clean by washing them with soap and warm water. Use a paper towel to dry your hands.
  • Wash raw vegetables and thoroughly with water, and cook them before eating.
  • The internal temperature of reheated foods should be at least 75 °C.
  • Use microwave right according to instructions by the manufacturer.

While on a visit to developing countries, make sure to adhere to the following rules.

  • Avoid eating uncooked foods. You may want to eat boiled vegetables. Peel the fruits from eating.
  • Make sure to avoid drinking from open sources of water. Instead, use packaged drinks and chlorinated and bottled water.
  • Avoid any drinks that contain ice.

You may want to speak to your physician before visiting any developing country. He or she will give you a set of instructions that you can follow to avoid any gastrointestinal issues.