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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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Chagas Disease (Definition)

Also called South American trypanosomiasis, this 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 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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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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How does chagas disease spread?

How does chagas disease spread?

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

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How fast can I make my chagas disease go away?

How fast can I make my chagas disease go away?

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

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What are the most common symptoms of chagas disease?

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 more

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Does chagas disease come from mosquitos or what bugs?

Does chagas disease come from mosquitos or what bugs?

"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 more

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I think I've contracted chagas disease can someone please help?

On the internet?: You have a fever and a rapid heart beat. Please sign off of the internet and call your physician. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of chagas disease; how would you know you had it?

What are symptoms of chagas disease; how would you know you had it?

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 more

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How common are cases of chagas disease originating from bites in the USA?

How common are cases of chagas disease originating from bites in the USA?

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

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What are the chances of a person living in the u.S. Getting chagas disease?

What are the chances of a person living in the u.S. Getting chagas disease?

Small: Higher if you live in a rual area close to medican border, where the hygiene and sewage system are lacking. ...Read more

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What kinds of bites can supposedly cause chagas disease. What is chagas disease going to do to you?

What kinds of bites can supposedly cause chagas disease. What is chagas disease going to do to you?

Parasite: It comes from a parasite called trypanosoma cruzi. There is an acute phase with swelling and inflammation and a chronic phase that can lead to cardiac and gastrointestinal problems. ...Read more

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What is chagas disease? Treatments?

What is chagas disease? Treatments?

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 more

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Is chagas disease a problem in california?

Is chagas disease a problem in california?

Occurs: The first acute case (american trypanosomiasis) occurred in 1982 in lake don pedro, california. 2.5% of people living in the immediate area had antibodies to t. Cruzi as well as some dogs and squirrels. “an estimate of the burden of chagas disease in the United States” by c. Bern & s. Montgomery estimated 300, 167 trypanosoma cruzi infections in the us. ...Read more

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How to eliminate malaria or chagas' disease?

How to eliminate malaria or chagas' disease?

Huh?: They're different diseases, caused by different microorganisms, causing different symptoms and require different treatments. ...Read more

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Does anyone know anything about chagas disease and whether any biting bugs here can give it to you?

Southwest US: This bug and the organism it spreads in found from mexico to argentina and has been reported in the south western United States as well. American trypanosomiasis is spread by triatome bugs (or “kissing’ bugs) that live in cracks and holes of housing from the southern United States to southern argentina. ...Read more

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If somebody has chagas disease, and would like to have a child, what will be the risk for the baby?

If somebody has chagas disease, and would like to have a child, what will be the risk for the baby?

Various risks: If a person is infected with t. Cruzi during pregnancy, there are risks related to increased risk of miscarriage, preterm birth and neonatal infection which may cause infant death or severe complications.
However if there is early diagnosis and treatment the outcome for babies is much better. ...Read more

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I discovered that I caught chagas disease. I would like to have a child soon, so what will be the risk for the baby?

I discovered that I caught chagas disease. I would like to have a child soon, so what will be the risk for the baby?

Your status?: References quote 50% fetal transmission during the acute phase of illness and 3-5% during the chronic phase. Rare cases get a cure but most have residual parasite at low levels in the body, suppressed by your antibodies. If your health weakens you could see a reactivation of the disease (&higher rate of passage).Completion of initial rx ~ 90 -120 days out places you at lower risk. ...Read more

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How does your body get rid of chagas disease?

How does your body get rid of chagas disease?

2 investigational: In the United States the medications to treat it need to be obtained directly form the center for disease control. The possible medications are nifurtimox & benznidazole. They are not yet fda approved & are still under investigation. ...Read more

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Should I get tested for Chagas disease? I've spent alot of time in florida and tennessee which both have kissing bugs

Micro-organism: It takes two items, kissing bugs and a microorganism, trypanosoma cruzi, that causes Chagas disease. The microorganism is not endemic in the US so you do not need to be concerned about getting tested. You may consult this site for more info on this topic.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/chagas-disease/basics/definition/CON-20030854 ...Read more

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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.

Chagas: Not enough known to give accurate predictions. Chagas is rare in the U.S. So probability has to be low. ...Read more

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Chagas disease: can this disease hide from blood tests? Could a person have better luck on blood tests when symptoms are presented?

Chagas disease: can this disease hide from blood tests? Could a person have better luck on blood tests when symptoms are presented?

Amer. Trypanosomes: Seein T. cruzi is diagnostic of Chagas by microscopic examination of anticoagulated blood, or buffy coat for motile parasites; or by thin and thick blood smears stained with Giemsa. Immunoassays distinguish strains and include complement fixation, indirect hemagglutination, indirect fluorescence, radioimmunoassays, ELISA. Diagnosis and strain identification can be made using PCR ...Read more