Amoebiasis: current status in Australia

Chien-Ching Hung
Med J Aust 2007; 187 (6): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2007.tb01293.x
Published online: 17 September 2007

To the Editor: I read with great interest the recent updated review of amoebiasis by van Hal and colleagues1 and their previous letter2 describing three cases of locally acquired amoebiasis due to Entamoeba histolytica in Australian men who have sex with men (MSM). These articles should alert clinicians to the emergence of invasive amoebiasis and the possibility of person-to-person transmission of E. histolytica through oral–anal or oral–genital sex among MSM in developed countries. The same phenomenon has been reported in Taiwan3 and Japan.4

  • Chien-Ching Hung

  • Department of Internal Medicine, National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan.



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