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Lizards as Silent Hosts of Trypanosoma cruzi

Authors
  • Botto-Mahan, Carezza
  • Correa, Juana P.
  • Araya-Donoso, Raúl
  • Farías, Francisca
  • San Juan, Esteban
  • Quiroga, Nicol
  • Campos-Soto, Ricardo
  • Reyes-Olivares, Claudio
  • González-Acuña, Daniel
Type
Published Article
Journal
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Publisher
Centers For Disease Control and Prevention
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2022
Volume
28
Issue
6
Pages
1250–1253
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3201/eid2806.220079
PMID: 35608824
PMCID: PMC9155887
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Lizards as Silent Hosts of Trypanosoma cruzi
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Abstract

We assessed 4 lizard species in Chile for Trypanosoma cruzi , the causative agent of Chagas disease, and 1 species for its ability to transmit the protozoan to uninfected kissing bugs. All lizard species were infected, and the tested species was capable of transmitting the protozoan, highlighting their role as T. cruzi reservoirs.

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