People develop amebic liver abscess when pus collects in the liver. The abscess is a liver infection that is formed in response to an intestinal parasite. Factors that could increase the risk of development of an amebic liver abscess are, alcoholism, cancer, HIV, old age and travels to tropical regions. The infection is common worldwide, but is more likely to occur in tropical areas like Latin America, Africa or India where poor living conditions and sanitation prevail. Eating food or water that contains fecal matter is one way that causes a person to develop an abscess. It also spread by contact from one person to another. Jaundice, loss of appetite, weight loss, and sweating are some common symptoms that could be the result of an amebic liver abscess. Other symptoms that are caused by an abscess are abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever and hiccups that do not stop. Some important tips one can follow to prevent the risk of developing a liver abscess while travelling are, drinking purified water, eating clean and peeled fruit and not eating raw vegetables. The abscess needs to be drained of fluid and treated first, either by surgery or with a catheter. If not treated the abscess could rupture, spreading the infection to the abdomen, lungs or even the brain, resulting in death. But with treatment people recover entirely or with slight complications. It is advisable to contact a general physician at the earliest sign of development of an abscess.