Entamoeba histolytica facts for kids

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Entamoeba histolytica
Entamoeba histolytica cyst
Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Protista
Phylum: Amoebozoa
Class: Archamoebae
Order: Amoebida
Genus: Entamoeba
Species: Entamoeba histolytica

Entamoeba histolytica is an parasitic protozoan, part of the genus Entamoeba. It infects mainly humans and other primates.

E. histolytica is estimated to infect about 50 million people worldwide. About seventy thousand die each year, mostly from liver abscesses or other complications. The disease it causes is known as amoebiasis. A related species, Entamoeba dispar, may be even more common.

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