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The oral transmission of Chagas' disease: An acute form of infection responsible for regional outbreaks

Authors
Journal
International Journal of Cardiology
0167-5273
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
112
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2005.11.087
Keywords
  • Chagas' Disease
  • Trypanosome Cruzi
  • Acute Myocarditis
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract Orally transmitted Chagas' disease is an ordinarily rare form of Trypanosome cruzi transmission, and responsible for regional outbreaks. Ingestion of contaminated material is generally associated with massive parasitic transmission, ultimately leading to acute myocarditis, with more severe clinical presentation at younger ages, and high death rates. Close monitoring of regional outbreaks by health agencies is mandatory in order to prevent recrudescence of the disease.

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