Chagas disease (American trypanosomiasis)

Chagas disease (American trypanosomiasis)

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Screening for Chagas in Colombia, 2010

Chagas disease, also known as American trypanosomiasis, is a potentially life-threatening illness caused by the protozoan parasite, Trypanosoma cruzi or (T. cruzi).

Once confined to the Region of the Americas, Chagas disease has spread to other continents over the last century due to increased travel and global population movement.

More than 10 000 people die every year from clinical manifestations of Chagas disease, and an estimated 25 million people risk acquiring the disease.

Videos

Kissing Bugs –"Triatomines - Vector of disease ": Chagas disease vector


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Learn about the disease

Animated life cycle of T. cruzi in the human host

Contacts

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