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The Amoeba That Eats Human Intestines, Cell By Cell 71

Posted by samzenpus
from the break-out-the-pepto dept.
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Entamoeba histolytica is a tiny pathogen that takes a terrible toll. The single-celled parasite—an amoeba about a tenth the size of a dust mite—infects 50 million people worldwide and kills as many as 100,000 each year. Now, a new report reveals how the microbe does its deadly damage: by eating cells alive, piece by piece. The finding offers a potential target for new drugs to treat E. histolytica infections, and it transforms researchers' understanding of how the parasite works."
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The Amoeba That Eats Human Intestines, Cell By Cell

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  • by hawkeyeMI (412577) <brock AT brocktice DOT com> on Wednesday April 09, 2014 @11:07PM (#46710763) Homepage
    I'm guessing you haven't had amoebic dysentery. It saps all your energy and makes you poop blood. I'll take driving to work, thank you.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 10, 2014 @03:54AM (#46711723)

    I had this (stayed in some slums in tropical areas where the water supply comes from a deep-well 5 meters down, meanwhile the toilet buries the shit in sand 2 meters down. . . so shit has 3 meters to turn back into water. . . usually this works surprisingly well!).

    Anyway, treated it goes away fairly quickly, even with the current non-specific medicines (though these are powerful antibiotics and will wipe out *all* of the good stuff with the bad. . . this can have serious consequences for some).

    Untreated, you're in for a year of fever and shitting blood before you'll eventually clear it (maybe staying a carrier) and develop immunity.

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