Chagas disease in Latin American migrants: a Spanish challenge.

@article{PrezAyala2011ChagasDI,
  title={Chagas disease in Latin American migrants: a Spanish challenge.},
  author={Ana P{\'e}rez-Ayala and Jos{\'e} Antonio P{\'e}rez-Molina and Francesca Norman and M. Luz Burgos Navarro and Bego{\~n}a Monge-Maillo and Marta D{\'i}az-Men{\'e}ndez and Jorge Peris-Garc{\'i}a and Maria Rosa Villongco Flores and Consuelo Ca{\~n}avate and Rogelio L{\'o}pez-V{\'e}lez},
  journal={Clinical microbiology and infection : the official publication of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases},
  year={2011},
  volume={17 7},
  pages={
          1108-13
        }
}
Chagas' disease affects millions in Latin America and is the leading cause of cardiomyopathy and death due to cardiovascular disease in patients aged 30-50 years. As a consequence of immigration it has settled in several European countries, where besides imported cases, autochthonous infections arise through vertical transmission and blood/organ donation. All Latin American immigrants who attended our Unit were screened for T. cruzi infection (ELISA and IFAT ± PCR). An ECG and echocardiogram… CONTINUE READING
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