Chagas Disease May Be a Threat in South Texas, Says Researcher | News

 

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AUSTIN, Texas — Chagas disease, a tropical parasitic disease that can lead to life-threatening heart and digestive disorders, may be more widespread in Texas than previously thought, according to research from The University of Texas at Austin.

Because the intial stage is often misdiagnosed as the flu, researchers are unsure of the actual number of infected people in Texas.  Later stages of the disease can cause heart and digestive problems, which may be attributed to aging, rather than Chagas disease. 

Endemic to rural areas of Latin America, Chagas disease is often transmitted by triatomine bugs, also known as “kissing bugs.”

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