Basic Summary for Chagas disease


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Main name of condition: Chagas disease
Other names or spellings: American trypanosomiasis, South American trypanosomiasis


What is Chagas disease?
  Brief description of Chagas disease: Parasitic infection uncommon in the developed world.
  Parent types of Chagas disease: Parasitic Conditions, Protozoan Conditions
  Types of Chagas disease: Acute Chagas disease, Chronic Chagas disease
Who gets Chagas disease?
  Geography Profile for Chagas disease: Chagas disease is locally transmitted in Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela. 1
How serious is Chagas disease?
  Average life years lost for Chagas disease: 9 years for chronic chagas disease (DPD)
  Complications of Chagas disease: see complications of Chagas disease
What causes Chagas disease?
  Cause of Chagas disease: Trypanosoma cruzi from parasitic insect bites (assassin bugs) usually carried on animals.
  Class of Condition for Chagas disease: parasite
  Risk factors for Chagas disease: see risk factors for Chagas disease
What are the symptoms of Chagas disease?
  Incubation period for Chagas disease: Symptoms may occur within a few days to weeks. Most people do not have symptoms until the chronic stage of infection, 10-20 years after first being infected. 1
  Symptoms of Chagas disease: see symptoms of Chagas disease
Can anyone else get Chagas disease?
  More information: see contagiousness of Chagas disease
How is it treated?
  Treatments for Chagas disease: see treatments for Chagas disease
  Prevention of Chagas disease: see prevention of Chagas disease

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Chagas Disease: DPD

Last revision: April 4, 2003

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