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Q: Chagas Disease ( No Answer,   1 Comment )
Subject: Chagas Disease
Category: Health > Conditions and Diseases
Asked by: bjsmom-ga
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Posted: 03 Nov 2006 00:18 PST
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Question ID: 779686
I'm looking for websites that provide information on chagasdisease,
the symptoms of infection and how one can contract the illness. It has
also been referred to as the kiss of death I believe.
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Chagas Disease
From: rntogo-ga on 03 Nov 2006 01:04 PST
According to the following website ,
"Chagas disease is a deadly parasitic disease." The disease commonly
results in heart failure and in humans if infected, patients may not
experience any symptoms for upwards of 10-15 years. In prior years,
the disease was thought to be primarily contained in Latin American
Countries, and in Brazil it is said to be the leading cause of cardiac
failure in men ages 20-40. The disease has been reported to be
spreading outside the Latin American Countries, and in Texas,
infection rates in the bugs that carry the disease,  the "kissing
bugs", "bloodsuckers" or Reduviidae bugs have been reported to be from
17-48%.  It's estimated that 16-18 million people suffer from the
disease on American continents. The disease may also infect pets as

Contraction of the illness may occur if one is bitten by one of the
host bugs, or through blood to blood contact such as from receiving a 
blood transfusion or from a mother to child.

Note: My research currently shows that in numerous Third World
Countries the blood supply is mandatorily screened, however, here in
the US the blood supply is still not screened for Chagas Disease.

Another website you may find helpful is

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