What Do We Know About Chagas Disease in the United States?

  title={What Do We Know About Chagas Disease in the United States?},
  author={Susan P. Montgomery and Monica E. Parise and Ellen M. Dotson and Stephanie R. Bialek},
  journal={The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene},
  volume={95 6},
Chagas disease, caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, affects more than 5 million people worldwide leading to serious heart and gastrointestinal disease in a proportion of chronically infected patients. Important modes of transmission include vector-borne, congenital, and via blood transfusion or organ transplant from an infected donor. Vector-borne transmission of Chagas disease occurs in the Americas, including the southern half of North America, where the specific vector insects… CONTINUE READING
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