Chagas disease: potentially a life-threatening neglected tropical disease
Chagas disease, also known as American trypanosomiasis, is a potentially life-threatening illness caused by the protozoan parasite, Trypanosoma cruzi or (T. cruzi).
An estimated 8 million people are infected worldwide, mostly in Latin America. Chagas disease is clinically curable if treatment is initiated at an early stage. Therefore universal access to prompt diagnosis and care is essential.
Once totally confined to the Region of the Americas, Chagas disease has spread to other continents over the last century mainly because of enhanced means of travel and global population movement to and from Latin America. | More
8million people are infected worldwideChagas disease factsheet
~10 000people die of complications linked to Chagas diseaseEpidemiological situation
2available drugs to treat Chagas diseaseSecond WHO report on Neglected tropical diseases, Section 3.7