Amoeba infections in the Philippines

Bit of an odd topic but was just reading up on it this morning as I know of 2 people in the last year that have Amoeba parasites who caught them in the Philippines. Obviously something not many people are keeping an eye out for although the infection is permanent once in the system. I have heard of people getting tapeworm from chicken from vendors as well but the main thing here to remember is hygiene in whatever your up to. Many sources of water are contaminated in some form e.g. if its taken directly from a deep well its untreated which is fine for washing etc in most cases but when people use it to make ice that then ends up in your drink its not the ideal situation and often leads to one of the biggest reasons people get dyoria when visiting the Philippines. Amazing how a few ice cubes can leave you stuck to the toilet for a few days. Chicken we mentioned earlier but one habit I have noticed vendors doing is leaving the chicken from yesterday for today and just reheating it. Obvious issues with reheating but also if BBQ risk of it not being cooked all the way through as well.

On a final note though as people will often talk about STD’s with many other diseases Amoeba’s can actually be passed from one person to another during intercourse so another happy thought for those bar girl lovers that you may end up with something a bit more permanent than your five minute wonder.

4 comments for “Amoeba infections in the Philippines

  1. Anonymous
    April 1, 2011 at 7:27 am

    Just a little info on this subject, in the 9 or more years we have lived here i contracted thread worms early on, but now as a family we deworm all in the house twice a year or as needed, your barangay health clinic doctor or nursing staff will advise on the medication and dosage, infants and grade kids get syrup by body weight and adults tablets, again by body weight. It`s inevitable in sub tropical climates to have occasional brushes with intestinal parasites and prevention or a regular cleansing is quite normal.
    At the same time we also worm all the pets, in our case 2 dogs and a cat, of course personal hygiene is important, wives wash meat bought in the market in brine water solution, but inevitably we pick up unwelcome guests. Any body with kindergarten through grade school will be faced with their kids coming home infested with head lice, again two simple applications of the correct shampoo will clear the problem, sadly most locals prefer the hunt and squeeze method, which is why your kids will get re infected. A simple sign of worms in younger children is scratching vigorously at the anus and restless sleep, keep a check on what they pass and treat accordingly, enjoy your suppers and happy itching!

  2. Tropicalpenpals
    April 1, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Some great advice there and to be honest its something I have overlooked but with finding 2 people that have a permanent Amoeba problem it does make you take notice of prevention is better than cure. Also many people don’t even think about these problems at all which is why I thought its worth highlighting as having a regular “body flush” seems to be the best answer rather than waiting to get ill.

    • Anonymous
      April 1, 2011 at 8:00 am

      It actually became a regular thing back in the late 70s when i worked in Sulawesi Indonesia for PT Inco Indonesia, it was mostly a married status job consequently all the wives exchanged experiences and eventually the company clinic set up regular screening and treatment programs, another thing to remember all the septic tanks here are plain hollow block and therefore porous, also with so many backyard piggeries here eventually C colli and the likes will be present in the water table, what comes out will go down. My doughter has Typhoid fever at 3 years old, put down to street foos, or swimming in the Cagayan river, it all comes back to water.

      • Tropicalpenpals
        April 1, 2011 at 2:03 pm

        Agree totally.. also the crap going into the rivers aren’t helping either as well as people dropping human waste directly into the river system as well. Living up the mountain seems more appealing every day..