Amebiasis - Statistics and Incidence Rate

Amebiasis is an infection caused by a parasite. It can be spread sexually through the fecal-oral route (such as not washing hands after using the washroom) as well as from eating food contaminated with infected feces, and drinking infected water.

Amebiasis is an intestinal disease that can cause diarrhea and constipation though most infected people do not develop symptoms.

Amebiasis in Niagara

  • 15 cases reported in 2015
  • Niagara has been consistently below the provincial incidence rate dating back to 2006, except for 2012 when Niagara was found to have a higher incidence rate of Amebiasis compared to the province (Figure 1)

Figure 1. Incidence rate of amebiasis by year, for Niagara region and Ontario (2006-2014)

Probable and confirmed cases reported.
Sources: Integrated Public Health Information System [2006-2015], extracted March 31, 2016 by Niagara Region Public Health; Population Estimates, IntelliHealth, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care [2015], extracted April 17, 2015 by Niagara Region Public Health. Ontario data: Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Integrated Public Health System database, extracted by Public Health Ontario [April 20, 2015].

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