Help protect mothers and their children from Chagas disease
Corporate Authors:Center for Global Health (U.S.). Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria.
Description:Where is Chagas disease found? -- Who is at-risk? -- CDC estimates that at least 300,000 infected persons are living in the U.S. -- What is the rate of congenital transmission? -- Is testing available for at-risk mothers? -- Is testing available for babies born to mothers who test positive? -- Is treatment available for persons who test positive? -- Is treatment effective and recommended for everyone with Chagas disease?
Chagas disease is caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi and is typically spread by contact with infected triatomine bugs. However, the disease can also be transmitted other ways, including congenitally. Most people with chronic Chagas disease are asymptomatic but a proportion go on to develop symptomatic disease.
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