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Chagas disease: from Latin America to the world

Authors Pinazo MJ, Gascon J

Received 1 January 2015

Accepted for publication 7 April 2015

Published 22 May 2015 Volume 2015:4 Pages 7—14

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/RIP.S57144

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Editor who approved publication: Professor John Ubelaker

Maria-Jesus Pinazo, Joaquim Gascon

ISGlobal, Barcelona Centre for International Health Research (CRESIB), Barcelona, Spain

Abstract: Migratory flows have globalized Chagas disease and have contributed to change its epidemiology. Additionally, Chagas disease has a great impact on the affected people as well as on the economy of their countries. However, till now, this disease remains a neglected disease. Historically, very few resources have been invested to study Chagas disease or to provide care to the millions of affected people. In Latin America, the endemic countries still have several challenges ahead, which include care for the affected people, the effective control of vertical transmission, or the maintenance of vector control. In nonendemic countries where the disease is emerging, care for patients and the control programs for blood banks, organ transplant, and mother-to-child transmission should be the priorities.

Keywords: Chagas disease, Trypanosoma cruzi, migration, benznidazol, globalization
 

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