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What are the most common symptoms of chagas disease?

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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Dr. Warren Foster
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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 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 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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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 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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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

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Why are there no symptoms between chronic and acute chagas disease? Do people fine fine in that period?

Why are there no symptoms between chronic and acute chagas disease?  Do people fine fine in that period?

Mutualism-Oarasitism: This the way of life of parasitism. It does not cause symptoms in the host, and thusly avoids defensive attacks from the host. Then the parasite can survive longer, reproduce more, and spread the disease. ...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 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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