Chagas disease – 10+ million victims

Have you heard of Chagas?

Chagas Disease: “The New HIV/AIDS of the Americas”

I hadn’t.

That editorial, published in a journal dedicated to neglected tropical diseases, was picked up by the NY Times, the Daily Mail, and more.

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Chagas disease … is commonly transmitted to humans and other mammals by an insect vector, the blood-sucking “kissing bugs”

The disease may also be spread through blood transfusion and organ transplantation, ingestion of food contaminated with parasites, and from a mother to her fetus. …

… It is estimated that as many as 8 to 11 million people in Mexico, Central America, and South America have Chagas disease, most of whom do not know they are infected. …

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