Infectious Disease Clinics of North America volume 26, issue 2, P275-291 2012 DOI: 10.1016/j.idc.2012.03.002 View full text
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Anis Rassi, Anis Rassi, Joffre Marcondes de Rezende

Abstract: Chagas disease, also known as American trypanosomiasis, is a chronic infection caused by Trypanosoma cruzi, a protozoan parasite. It is transmitted to human beings mainly through the feces of infected triatomine bugs. The disease affects an estimated 8 to 10 million people in the Americas, putting them at risk of developing life-threatening cardiac and gastrointestinal complications. This article provides a brief update on the epidemiology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and treatment of Chagas disease.