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A 19-year-old male asked:

i am not 100% sure but i think i was bitten by a "kissing" bug. what are chances of chagas' disease? i live in louisiana.

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Chagas : not enough known to give accurate predictions. Chagas is rare in the U.S. So probability has to be low .
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Uncertain: There are currently about 300,000 people in the US who have had Chagas Disease but most are old cases and are in people who became infected when they were in endemic areas - not the US. There have been cases reported in Louisiana. I believe the risk would be low overall.

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How does chagas disease spread?

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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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By insects: The causative agent of chagas disease (t. Cruzi) is transmitted by bloodsucking insects or kissing bugs.
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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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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.
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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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