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What are the tests for south american trypanosomiasis?

What are the tests for south american trypanosomiasis?

Blood exam: The parasites of trypanosomiasis can be seen in a stained preparation of blood from the patient during the acute phase of the illness . By concentrating a feature called the buffy coat, the organism can be seen. If the patient passes into a chronic phase, serum tests are available at the cdc. ...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 are the symptoms associated with south american trypanosomiasis?

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What are the symptoms associated with south american trypanosomiasis?

SA Trypanosomiasis: Also called chagas disease. Is caused by parasites trypanosoma cruzi. Symptoms are fatigue, fever, large liver/spleen/lymph nodes, swelling on one side of an eye where bite occured, rash, diarrhea, loss of appetite, vomiting. Several years later, may develop heart failure. ...Read more

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How to treat south american trypanosomiasis quickly?

How to treat south american trypanosomiasis quickly?

Not sure...: Know you've been looking for an answer for a while. That said, I have only heard of the african variety of this disease. I would look for an infectious disease doctor who is well trained in the treatment of parasites. This could be a challenge in and of itself. Consider institutions who treat patients from abroad. Sorry i can't be of more help. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for south american trypanosomiasis?

What is the treatment for south american trypanosomiasis?

Anti Parasite agent: In the us the medication benzanidazole (30-90 day course) & nifurtimox (90-120 day course ) are the two listed agents for this disorder. ...Read more

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Need help with south american trypanosomiasis?

Need help with  south american trypanosomiasis?

Chagas Disease: Chagas disease, also known as american trypanosomiasis, is caused by infection with the protozoan parasite trypanosoma cruzi. Depending on the stage of the infection, you may need to see the following types of doctor:
infectious diseases specialist,
cardiologist and cardiac surgeon (10-30% of people get heart problems),
gastroenterologist (some get GI problems). ...Read more

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How long should south american trypanosomiasis last?

Chagas disease: South american trypanosomiasis, or chagas disease, has an acute phase followed 1-2 months later by a chronic phase which may last the person's lifetime. 60-80% of those chronically infected are not symptomatic. Even with treatment in the acute phase, the infection persists in most people, and they enter the chronic phase. ...Read more

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What are the tests for south american trypanosomiasis?

Blood exam: The parasites of trypanosomiasis can be seen in a stained preparation of blood from the patient during the acute phase of the illness . By concentrating a feature called the buffy coat, the organism can be seen. If the patient passes into a chronic phase, serum tests are available at the cdc. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms associated with south american trypanosomiasis?

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SA Trypanosomiasis: Also called chagas disease. Is caused by parasites trypanosoma cruzi. Symptoms are fatigue, fever, large liver/spleen/lymph nodes, swelling on one side of an eye where bite occured, rash, diarrhea, loss of appetite, vomiting. Several years later, may develop heart failure. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: South American trypanosomiasis?

Chagas diseas: 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, fever, rash, diarrhea, v appetite, headaches & generalized body aches. ...Read more

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How to treat south american trypanosomiasis quickly?

Not sure...: Know you've been looking for an answer for a while. That said, I have only heard of the african variety of this disease. I would look for an infectious disease doctor who is well trained in the treatment of parasites. This could be a challenge in and of itself. Consider institutions who treat patients from abroad. Sorry i can't be of more help. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for south american trypanosomiasis?

Anti Parasite agent: In the us the medication benzanidazole (30-90 day course) & nifurtimox (90-120 day course ) are the two listed agents for this disorder. ...Read more

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Any over-the-counter treatment for south american trypanosomiasis?

No!: Chaga's disease (south african trypanosomiasis) is a very serious disease that should be treated by an expert. Trying to treat yourself with over-the-counter remedies is a bad idea. ...Read more

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Which is worse: malaria or trypanosomiasis?

Which is worse: malaria or trypanosomiasis?

Both are bad: These very serious parasitic diseases are common in africa and elsewhere in the developing world. They can be treated with special medicines. ...Read more

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I know there are no vaccines to prevent trypanosomiasis, any other suggestions?

I know there are no vaccines to prevent trypanosomiasis, any other suggestions?

Avoid tsetse flies!: Bed nets. Insecticides and clearing shrubbery helps in disturbing the breeding of these flies. Improving housing, sanitation and clearing the undergrowth has helped cut the numbers of flies. This has also resulted in a reduction in the rate of infection. Avoid driving an open vehicle. Stay away from shrubs/bushes. Timely and regular screening of blood. ...Read more

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What exactly is trypanosomiasis?

What exactly is trypanosomiasis?

TRYPANOSOMIASIS: It is a parasitic infestation caused by trypanosoma cruzi in the americas and by tripanosoma brucei in africa.
The 1st causes chagas's disease and the 2nd "sleeping sickness".
Chagas affects heart, esophagus and large instestine as the parasite affects the heart muscle and the muscle of tge GI tract.
Sleeping sickness affects the central nervous system causing lethargym sleepiness. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me about trypanosomiasis?

Trypanosomiasis: West African trypanosomiasis (Gambian sleeping sickness) is caused by Trypanosoma brucei gambiense & approximately 12,000 new cases are reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) each year. Approximately 1,000 new cases of East African Trypanosomiasis (caused by Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense) are reported to the WHO annually. People w Trypanosoma Brucei infection may develop a chancre in ...Read more

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What is the other, common name for trypanosomiasis?

What is the other, common name for trypanosomiasis?

Sleeping sickness: There are two types of african trypanosomiasis (also called sleeping sickness); each is named for the region of africa in which they were found historically. ...Read more

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What is african trypanosomiasis?

Trypanosoma: is a parasitic disease of humans and other animals. It is caused by protozoa of the species Trypanosoma brucei. first stage of the disease, there are fevers, headaches, itchiness, and joint pains. This begins one to three weeks after the bite.Weeks to months later the second stage begins with confusion, poor coordination, numbness and trouble sleeping. ...Read more

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African trypanosomiasis will get you in which parts of africa?

African trypanosomiasis will get you in which parts of africa?

Depends: T. B. Rhodesiense (east african sleeping sickness) is found in areas of eastern and southeastern africa. Over 95% of the cases of human infection occur in tanzania, uganda, malawi, and zambia. T. B. Gambiense (west african sleeping sickness) is found predominantly in central africa and in limited areas of west africa. Most of the sleeping sickness in africa is caused by this form of the parasite. ...Read more

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How did the disease "trypanosomiasis" get its name? Is it a parasite like malaria?

How did the disease "trypanosomiasis" get its name?  Is it a parasite like malaria?

See below: African trypanosomiasis, also known as "sleeping sickness, " is caused by microscopic parasites of the species trypanosoma brucei. It is transmitted by the tsetse fly (glossina species), which is found only in rural africa. Although the infection is not found in the United States, historically, it has been a serious public health problem in some regions of sub-saharan africa. ...Read more

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What are treatments for african trypanosomiasis?

Sleeping sickness: Sleeping sickness may be caused by Trypanosoma brucei and Chagas disease caused by Trypanosoma cruzi. Both are transmitted by bite of infected tsetse fly and very common in rurual areas. Diagnosis made from blood smears and the parasite is noted. Preventive screening of population and insected bite prevention is important to control this disease.
The first medications are Pentamidine or suramin. ...Read more

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How can someone prevent african trypanosomiasis while on vacation?

How can someone prevent african trypanosomiasis while on vacation?

Yes and no: There is no vaccine or drug for prophylaxis against african trypanosomiasis. Preventive measures are aimed at minimizing contact with tsetse flies. Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants of medium-weight material. Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants of medium-weight material. Use insect repellent. ...Read more

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Does african human trypanosomiasis affect the liver and what biochemical tests are affected?

This infection does.: Affect the liver and the spleen, the two organs that are involved in clearance of the trypanosomes. Granulomas can be found in the liver and the liver enzymes like alt and alkaline phosphatase can be elevated. ...Read more

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Is the african sleeping disease (african trypanosomiasis) a bacteria or a virus or what?

Is the african sleeping disease (african trypanosomiasis) a bacteria or a virus or what?

Parasite: African trypanosomiasis, also known as "sleeping sickness, " is caused by microscopic parasites of the species trypanosoma brucei. It is transmitted by the tsetse fly (glossina species), which is found only in rural africa. ...Read more

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What is the difference between african (sleeping sickness) and the american one (chagas disease)?

What is the difference between african (sleeping sickness) and the american one (chagas disease)?

The bug: The parasite that causes the disease are similar, both are trypanosomes, but the vector(the transmitter of the disease) tse-tse fly for africa vs "kissing bugs" for american version are different.The course of the disease is also different-chagas hits the heart , african hits the nervous system. ...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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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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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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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