While much of the world's attention has been focused on Ebola, another disease with equally devastating implications is surging. The CDC estimates that some 300,000 people throughout the U.S. may have Chagas disease, and many cases may remain undiagnosed.
An international team of scientists in Seattle, Wash., U.S., and Cordoba and San Martin, Argentina, have uncovered a surprising new role for one type of immune cell in controlling the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi.
Scientists appear to be getting closer to a Chagas disease vaccine. Chagas disease causes fever, fatigue, body aches, headache, rash, loss of appetite, diarrhea, and vomiting. Currently there is no vaccine available.
Experts have labelled a little-known infectious disease caused by blood sucking insects the "new AIDS of the Americas." The spread of Chagas disease shares a lot in common with the early spread of AIDS, a new study says.