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Bed bugs can transmit Chagas disease

Bethesda - Disturbingly, a new study suggests that bed bugs (such as triatomines) can transmit Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas disease.

Chagas disease emerging as U.S. public health threat

Chagas disease - a stealthy parasitic infection that can lead to severe heart disease and death, is spreading in the U.S. Scientists argue that policy makers need to treat the issue seriously.

While world focuses on Ebola, Chagas disease surges ahead

Bronx - 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.

International research team uncovers clues to parasitic disease Special

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.

Chagas disease vaccine could be close

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 say Chagas disease is 'new HIV/AIDS of the Americas'

Houston - 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.

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Trypanosoma cruzi  the parasite responsible for Chagas disease.
Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite responsible for Chagas disease.
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This map shows the distribution of Chagas disease.
This map shows the distribution of Chagas disease.
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