Trypanosoma cruzi parasitemia in US blood donors with serologic evidence of infection.

@article{Leiby2008TrypanosomaCP,
  title={Trypanosoma cruzi parasitemia in US blood donors with serologic evidence of infection.},
  author={David A. Leiby and Ross M Herron and George Garratty and Barbara L. Herwaldt},
  journal={The Journal of infectious diseases},
  year={2008},
  volume={198 4},
  pages={609-13}
}
Trypanosoma cruzi infection (which causes Chagas disease) is typically undiagnosed and persists if untreated. We sought to affirm that T. cruzi-seropositive US blood donors have persistent infection with demonstrable parasitemia long after acquisition of infection. Fifty-two previously identified seropositive donors (positive by 2 methods) provided up to 3 blood specimens for testing by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and hemoculture; most participants (67%) provided only 1 specimen. When… CONTINUE READING