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

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
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In brief: Chagas Disease

Although there are about 300,000 people in the US who have been infected with Chagas' Disease, almost all were infected in endemic countries before migrating here.
If bitten by a Kissing bugs it would need to be infected with a protozoan called Trypanosoma Cruzi. It is not endemic in the US.

In brief: Chagas Disease

Although there are about 300,000 people in the US who have been infected with Chagas' Disease, almost all were infected in endemic countries before migrating here.
If bitten by a Kissing bugs it would need to be infected with a protozoan called Trypanosoma Cruzi. It is not endemic in the US.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
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In brief: 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

In brief: 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
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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