Short Communication: Prevalence of Entamoeba Histolytica and Entamoeba Dispar in Northern Ghana

Trop Med Int Health. 2003 Dec;8(12):1153-6. doi: 10.1046/j.1360-2276.2003.01145.x.


Since the redescription of the potentially invasive Entamoeba histolytica, separating it from the morphologically identical non-invasive Entamoeba dispar, there is a need for the reassessment of epidemiological data on amoebiasis. In this context we conducted a descriptive survey on the presence of E. histolytica and E. dispar in a rural area in northern Ghana. We found a high prevalence (39.8%) of the E. histolytica/E. dispar complex with microscopy, but E. histolytica and E. dispar-specific DNA amplification using real-time polymerase chain reaction identified only one E. histolytica case and revealed a considerably higher prevalence of E. dispar (82.8%).

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • DNA, Protozoan / isolation & purification
  • Entamoeba / classification
  • Entamoeba / isolation & purification
  • Entamoeba histolytica / isolation & purification
  • Entamoebiasis / epidemiology*
  • Entamoebiasis / parasitology
  • Feces / parasitology
  • Ghana / epidemiology
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Diseases, Parasitic / epidemiology*
  • Intestinal Diseases, Parasitic / parasitology
  • Prevalence
  • Rural Health


  • DNA, Protozoan