Thursday, May 31, 2012

Chagas disease

  • Chagas, a tropical disease spread by insects, is causing some fresh concern following an editorial—published earlier this week in a medical journal—that called it the new AIDS of the Americas.
  • (YAHOO!)
  • Chagas disease, which is caused by parasites transmitted to humans by a tiny insect called the "kissing bug", is "the New HIV/AIDS of the Americas", according to a leading expert in tropical diseases.
  • (Toronto Star)
  • Chagas disease, a tropical illness that is transmitted by biting insects, may pose a major unseen threat to poor populations in the Americas and Europe, according to a report published May 29 in the journal PLoS.
  • (Huffington Post)
  • Chagas disease is a low profile disease transmitted to people – from bugs. The bugs in question are termed as "kissing bugs." The kissing bug carries a parasite called Trypanosoma cruzi, which leaks into the blood stream and causes the Chagas disease.
  • (College News)
  • A little-known illness caused by blood sucking insects has been labelled the 'new AIDS of the Americas' by experts. The parasitic illness called Chagas Disease has similarities to the early spread of HIV, according to a new study.
  • (Daily Mail)
  • Chagas Disease is now being called by some scientists as the new HIV of the Americas. Experts estimate that approximately 8 million people may now be carriers of the incurable infection with about 30,000 residing in the United States.
  • (E Canada Now)
  • A new infection these insects carry is even being called The New AIDS of the Americas. Chagas disease is transmitted to humans by blood-sucking insects, like the so-called Kissing Bug that you see in the picture on this page.
  • (WDTV)
  • The Americas, or America, are lands in the Western hemisphere, also known as the New World.
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  • Screening may help combat Chagas disease; The new HIV/AIDS of the Americas? A screening strategy could make the diagnosis and treatment of Chagas disease -- a single-cell parasite -- more feasible, a U.S. researcher said.
  • (Post Chronicle)

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