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What is Dysentery?

Dysentery is an infection of the bowel causing severe diarrhoea. There are two forms, one caused by bacteria and the other by an amoeba. Their initial symptoms are the same, so identification of the cause is important in order to determine treatment. The amoebic form is more serious because the small parasite is difficult to kill, and may cause abscesses in the liver and lungs.

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