Parasitic infections
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      Parasitic infections affect millions of people in the United States every year. We urgently need to know more about who is at risk and how they are affected. CDC has prioritized these 5 parasitic infections for public health action here at home.

      Chagas disease: More than 300,000 people in the United States are infected with Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas disease–and most don’t know it.

      Cysticercosis: [Up to] 1 in 10 people hospitalized for neurocysticercosis in the United States dies from the preventable parasitic disease.

      Toxocariasis: Each year in the United States at least 70 people are blinded by the parasite that causes toxocariasis; most of them are children.

      Toxoplasmosis: Toxoplasmosis is the 2nd leading cause of death from foodborne illness in the United States.

      Trichomoniasis: About 3% of women and a total of 3.7 million persons in the U.S. population have have Trichomonas vaginalis, a sexually transmitted parasitic infection curable with a single dose of the right antibiotics, but most infected people never get tested or treated.

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