Entamoeba Moshkovskii

Entamoeba Moshkovskii

News: A recent surveillance study by the ICMR-NICED reveals the emergence of Entamoeba moshkovskii (E. Moshkovskii) as a leading pathogen causing diarrhoea outbreaks in the Kolkata region.

About E.Moshkovskii:
• It belongs to the same genus as E. histolytica but has distinct genetic and biochemical traits.
• Originally isolated from sewage in Moscow in 1941 and is found in soil, water, and animals.
• It causes problems like diarrhea, tummy pain, fever, and dehydration.

Key Findings:
• The previously non-pathogenic amoeba, Entamoeba moshkovskii, has now become the primary cause of amoebic infections, surpassing the once dominant pathogen, E. histolytica.
• The study found that over 3% of patients with diarrhoea were infected with E. moshkovskii. 

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