Risk Factors for Chagas disease


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About risk factors: Risk factors for Chagas disease are factors that do not seem to be a direct cause of the disease, but seem to be associated in some way. Having a risk factor for Chagas disease makes the chances of getting a condition higher but does not always lead to Chagas disease. Also, the absence of any risk factors or having a protective factor does not necessarily guard you against getting Chagas disease. For general information and a list of risk factors, see the risk center.

Risk factor list: The list of risk factors mentioned for Chagas disease in various sources includes:

Risk factors discussion: Those people who sleep in poorly constructed houses found in the rural areas of the above-mentioned countries are at elevated risk of infection. Houses constructed from mud, adobe, or thatch present the greatest risk.

Travelers planning to stay in hotels, resorts, or other well-constructed housing facilities are NOT at high risk for contracting Chagasí disease from reduviid bugs.1

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Chagas Disease: DPD

Last revision: April 4, 2003

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