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what is this chagas disease i heard about?

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Dr. Robert Greer
Family Medicine 44 years experience
A trypanosome: A blood borne parasite spread by bites from bugs called "kissing bugs" that is rare in the usa but common in mexico and central america.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Parasitic infection: Chagas disease is transmitted to humans by the bite of kissing bugs, mother to fetus & by contaminated food. They suck blood & pass on a protozoan called trypanosoma cruzi. Sxs can include fatigue, generalized body aches, loose bowel movements, vomiting, rash, poor appetite. Liver & spleen can enlarge. Brain & heart can become inflamed. It can be treated with anti-parasitics early on.
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
can also cause problems with swallowing (affects muscles in esophagus and gut). Charles Darwin supposedly had this from travels on the Beagle to S.A.
Feb 13, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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Fascinating. Thanks for this info. Heidi
Feb 13, 2013

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How does chagas disease spread?

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Dr. Willam Lau
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By insects: The causative agent of chagas disease (t. Cruzi) is transmitted by bloodsucking insects or kissing bugs.
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Is chagas disease waterborne?

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Dr. Willam Lau
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By insects: The causative agent of chagas disease (t. Cruzi) is transmitted by bloodsucking insects or kissing bugs.
A 28-year-old member asked:

At my last check up, I forgot to tell the doctor about chagas disease. Is that ok?

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Call her/him: Chagas disease can cause heart abnormalities that can lead to serious problems. Call your doctor back and tell her/him about it.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

What are the most common symptoms of chagas disease?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Chagas symptoms: In the acute phase, following infection from the central or so. American bug that carries the parasite there is pain and swelling, fever, liver enlargement and malaise. This ends, even without treatment but in some becomes chronic affecting especially the heart leading to circulatory failure and sometimes heart stoppage. Treatment from a tropical disease specialist is mandatory.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How do people get chagas disease?

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Dr. Victor Bello
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Chagas disease: By the inoculation of a parasite (trypanosoma cruzi) through the bite of an infested beatle. In brazil they call it :barbeiro" (barber), because it lives in cracks in adobe and mud shacks. The face is usually exposed during sleep, and becomes a good target for the :barber". There are other types of trypanosoma, but in the americas cruzi, is the most common.

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