Congenital Transmission of Trypanosoma cruzi Infection in Argentina
Published Date:Jan 2003
Source:Emerg Infect Dis. 9(1):29-32.
Infectious Disease Transmission, Vertical
Pregnancy Complications, Parasitic
Description:Trypanosoma cruzi, the causative agent of Chagas disease, infects 10-18 million people and may be transmitted to the newborn. Using various data sources, we estimated that nearly 850 congenital cases occurred in Argentina in 1993, or 6.3 expected cases per each reported case in 1994 and in 1994-2001. The congenital transmission of T. cruzi constitutes a sizeable public health problem in the region.
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