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Chagas Disease In Children
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chagas Disease (Definition)
Also called South American trypanosomiasis, this is a condition in which a person suffers from an infection caused by an insect bite. Early symptoms are mostly flu-like, while long-term consequences, if left untreated, include heart failure and difficulty swallowing. ...Read more
Contaminated juice: Chagas disease is transmitted to humans by the bite of kissing bugs which suck blood & pass on a protozoan called trypanosoma cruzi. It can be passed through the placenta by mother to fetus, via breast milk, blood transfusions, organ transplants and by eating contaminated foods. There are different cases which were spread by contaminated acai, sugar cane and guava juices. H20- variable input. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Most certainly: Several scenarios come to mind: 1. If not treated, the parasite will end up in your heart and weaken the heart wall, causing an aneurysm and potentially, a catastrophic blow out. 2. If you were to get a transplant procedure and you have untreated chagas, it would certainly kill you since your immune system is being suppressed. Have it evaluated by your doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It is an infection.: Chagas disease occurs mainly in South America but can also occur in the United States. Trypanosoma cruzi is the name of the parasite that causes the disease. The parasites are transmitted between animals and humans by triatomine bugs (also known as kissing bugs). The disease primarily affects the heart, esophagus and colon. ...Read more
It make long time: About 30% of infected people who are not treated will develop chronic or symptomatic chagas disease. It may take more than 20 years from the time of the original infection to develop heart or digestive problems. Abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias, ventricular tachycardia) may cause sudden death. Once heart failure develops, death usually occurs within several years. ...Read more
Chagas Disease: Sxs of chagas disease can include fatigue, generalized body aches, loose bowel movements, vomiting, rash, poor appetite. Liver ; spleen can enlarge. Brain ; heart can become inflamed. One way to diagnose it is by visualizing motile trypanosoma cruzi parasites microscopically in fresh anticoagulated blood. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
"Kissing Bugs": Chagas disease is caused by a parasite (trypanosoma cruzi) transmitted by the triatoma bug (aka: kissing bug). The bug itself is infected and has the habit of defecating immediately after biting you. While not pretty to imagine, the bugs poop, with the parasite in it, mixes with your blood where you were bitten, and hence you're infected. The bug lives in mud & thatch huts in poor, rural, areas. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sxs - blood: Sxs of chagas disease can include fatigue, generalized body aches, loose bowel movements, vomiting, rash, poor appetite. Liver & spleen can enlarge. Brain & heart can become inflamed. One way to diagnose it is by visualizing motile trypanosoma cruzi parasites microscopically in fresh anticoagulated blood. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not very common: As your question suggests, most cases in the United States originated in Latin America with individuals having become infected as children. The parasitic infection is transmitted by the kissing bug, Triatomine, biting near the eyes or mouth. Chagas is a reportable disease in only 4 states in the US, including Texas. A very small number, 10 or fewer, of cases have been reported as locally acquired. ...Read more
What kinds of bites can supposedly cause chagas disease. What is chagas disease going to do to you?
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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