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what is chagas disease?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Parasitic disease: Chaga's a tropical parasitic disease caused by the parasite trypanosoma cruzi, transmitted by the reduvid "kissing bugs" in parts of south and central america. After an acute symptomatic phase, some people go on to develop chronic chaga's, which can involve the nervous system, GI tract, or heart.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Parasite: 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-parasites early on.

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A 23-year-old member asked:

How does chagas disease spread?

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Dr. Willam Lau
Infectious Disease 10 years experience
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
Infectious Disease 10 years experience
By insects: The causative agent of chagas disease (t. Cruzi) is transmitted by bloodsucking insects or kissing bugs.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What sort of disease is chagas' disease?

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Dr. Kenneth Mirkin
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Parasite: Parasite spread by insects primarily in south america. Can cause problems later in life in digestive and cardiac disease.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What is chagas disease? Treatments?

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Dr. Lea Danielsen
Family Medicine 32 years experience
A parasite: A parasite causes this. It is usually in central or south america. It causes fever at first, sometimes redness at the site of the insect bite that carried the parasite. If it is diagnosed it should be treated with antiparasite medications as it can then come back in later years with more serious symptoms, specifically heart and serious digestion issues.
A 51-year-old member asked:

What causes Chagas disease?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Chagas' disease: It is an organism called trypanosoma cruzi. Read the Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chagas_disease

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