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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. M. Hytham Beck
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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 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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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?

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 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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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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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