Entamoeba histolytica is a protozoal (single-celled) parasite of the Entamoebidae family. Living in the large intestine the parasite causes different types of amoebiasis. The most common are intestinal amoebiasis (amoebic dysentery) and liver amoebiasis (amoebic liver abscess).
Transmission mainly occurs via contaminated water and food respectively.
For a successful inactivation of parasites, specific disinfectants effective against parasites are required.