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Chagas disease: Epidemiology and prevention

Author
Caryn Bern, MD, MPH
Section Editor
Peter F Weller, MD, MACP
Deputy Editor
Elinor L Baron, MD, DTMH

INTRODUCTION

Chagas disease is caused by infection with the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi [1,2]. Most infected patients are asymptomatic; late manifestations include heart disease and gastrointestinal disease.

Issues related to the epidemiology and prevention of Chagas disease will be reviewed here. Other issues related to Chagas disease are discussed in detail separately:

(See "Chagas disease: Acute and congenital Trypanosoma cruzi infection".)

(See "Chagas disease: Chronic Trypanosoma cruzi infection".)

(See "Chagas heart disease: Clinical manifestations and diagnosis" and "Chagas heart disease: Treatment and prognosis".)

                   
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