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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?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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