|Dysentery is a type of infection of intestine (gut) caused by an amoeba known as Entamoeba histolytica. Dysentery usually causes diarrhea. It is an infection involves inflammation in the inside layer of the large intestines. The inflammation results stomach pains and diarrhoea. This infection is frequently passed on through inappropriate hygiene. The most frequent cause of dysentery is not washing the hands properly after using public toilets.
Dysentery is a situation categorized as inflammation of the bowels. Due to this inflammation severe stomach pains takes place. Dysentery also include severe diarrhea that is frequently related with blood in the feces. Diarrhea can be extremely serious too if the body totally dehydrates. Dysentery passes from one person to another. It is very normal that one person of a family makes infected rest of the family members. From there, this disease can be passed on to several people. The infection can last for around four weeks.
It is an extremely severe form of diarrhea, in which the stools get tinged with blood and mucus. In case of dysentery stools can be passed as often as twenty to thirty times in a day. The start is usually sudden and come with high fever and thirst. This infection causes great tiredness and reduction of strength. Dehydration is a severe side effect of dysentery.
There are two major types of dysentery
This type of dysentery is more common in children under age of five. According to estimation, 75 percent of the children acquire bacillary dysentery before the age of five. The death rate is quite high in infants and elderly people if the infection is not treated properly and timely.
An amoeba called Entamoeba histolytica causes amoebic dysentery. It is found mainly in tropical areas. Amoebic dysentery is common in areas where human excrement is used as fertilizer.