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Is chagas disease waterborne?

Is chagas disease waterborne?

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 more

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Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Chagas Disease (Definition)

South American trypanosomiasis, also called Chagas disease, is a parasitic infection that occurs in South America, Central America, and Mexico via insect bites. Early symptoms are mostly flu-like while long term consequences, if left untreated, include heart failure and difficulty swallowing. ...Read more


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What is chagas disease?

What is chagas disease?

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 more

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What causes Chagas disease?

What causes Chagas disease?

Chagas' disease: It is an organism called trypanosoma cruzi. Read the Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chagas_disease ...Read more

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How does chagas disease spread?

How does chagas disease spread?

Chaga's dis.: Chagas disease is caused by trypanosoma cruzi, a parasite related to the african trypanosome that causes sleeping sickness. It is spread by reduvid bugs and is one of the major health problems in south america. Due to immigration, the disease also affects people in the United States. ...Read more

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How do people get chagas disease?

How do people get chagas disease?

A variety of ways.: Chagas disease is transmitted to humans by the bite of kissing bugs.They suck blood & pass on a protozoan called trypanosoma cruzi. It can also be passed mother to fetus, through blood transfusions & with contaminated food with t. Cruzi. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is chagas' disease?

What sort of disease is chagas' disease?

Parasite: Parasite spread by insects primarily in south america. Can cause problems later in life in digestive and cardiac disease. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of chagas disease?

See below: Acute phase: no symptoms or nonspecific fever syndrome. Chronic phase: no symptoms (40-50%), cardiomyopathy with congestive failure (10-25%), esophagopathy and colonopathy (5-10%), peripheral neuropathy,meningoencephalitis. ...Read more

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What is this chagas disease I heard about?

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 more

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Can I die from chagas disease if I ignore it?

Can I die from chagas disease if I ignore it?

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 more

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What is chagas disease and where is it common?

What is chagas disease and where is it common?

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