Chagas

The Chagas disease is an illness caused by Trypanosoma cruzi, a parasite transmitted by bed bugs (Hemiptera Cimicidae, Triatominae sub-family) that feed on blood and colonize mainly rural and sub-urban areas in Latin America, although over the past decades they have been found more frequently in the United States, Canada, Spain and some countries of the Western Pacific. This is due, largely, to population migration between Latin America and the rest of the world.

6 to 8
million
people affected globally.
1.2
million
are childbearing-age females
14,000
deaths
per year in the Americas.
9.000
babies
are born with Chagas every year around the world.
50,000 to 100,000
cases
estimated in Spain, the country with the largest number of affected people in Europe.
1.6
million
people infected in Argentina

Source: PAHO/WHO

How is it transmitted?

The Chagas parasite is transmitted to humans mainly through bed bug feces, blood transfusions or organ grafts coming from an infected individual; through intake of contaminated foods or beverages; or through an infected mother to her child during pregnancy or delivery.

“We must rescue Chagas disease from oblivion”

– Silvia Gold

What symptoms are present?

Many years can go by before symptoms appear; they are mainly heart or digestive symptoms. The most common causes of death are cardiovascular events and, on some occasions, sudden death.

Lack of diagnosis
90%
of people don’t even know whether or not they have been infected
Mortality rates
70%
of cases. If not diagnosed soon enough, Chagas may become a death-threatening disease.
Most important:
There is a cure for Chagas disease.

     

Mundo Sano is a family foundation that, through field research, contributes to public policies intended to improve the lives of people suffering from neglected tropical diseases (NTD's), which are those that affect the most vulnerable segments of society. At present, Mundo Sano has its headquarters and five other offices in Argentina. In addition, it has set up an office in Madrid, from which the foundation implements various programs in Spain and Africa.

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