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What happens to blood donors who test positive for Chagas disease?
  • Published Date:
    1/4/12
  • Language:
    English
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  • Corporate Authors:
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
  • Description:
    Fast facts -- Chagas disease background -- Blood donor screening -- Are positive blood donors receiving evaluation and treatment? -- Possible barriers preventing positive donors from seeking evaluation and treatment -- Physician lack of awareness of Chagas disease -- Resources for Chagas disease blood donor counseling in the United States.

    CDC estimates 300,000 or more Trypanosoma cruzi-infected individuals of Hispanic origin currently live in the United States.

    Despite being counseled to seek medical care, only approximately 11% of Chagas seropositive blood donors have contacted CDC for consultation regarding treatment.

    Chagas disease may be life threatening even when the patient feels well. Evaluation and treatment can be life saving.

    CS207081-A

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