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Chagas Disease

  • Policy Experts Say U.S. and Mexico Must Jointly Combat Chagas Disease
    Chagas disease, the third most common parasitic infection in the world, affects approximately 7.5 million people, mostly in Latin America. To help reduce outbreaks of this disease in their countries, the United States and Mexican governments should implement a range of ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • UTHealth Researcher Awarded CDC Grant to Study Chagas Disease in Texas
    A researcher at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health was awarded a five-year, $544,329 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct outreach and education on Chagas disease in south Texas. ...More
    September 14, 2015 Posted in News
  • High Rate of Texas Bugs Carrying Chagas Disease
    A deadly parasite that causes Chagas disease is widespread in a common Texas insect, according to a new study by University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) researchers. The finding suggests that the risk of Texans contracting the disease may be higher than previously thought. ...More
    September 9, 2015 Posted in News
  • Texas A&M Entities Helping Understand, Monitor Chagas Disease
    To keep both animals and humans protected from Chagas disease, Texas A&M University System entities have been studying the parasite-host-vector interaction at sites in south-central Texas. ...More
    August 3, 2015 Posted in News
  • Texas Children's Hospital Awarded Grant to Develop Chagas Disease Vaccine
    The Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, also known as the Sabin product development partnership (Sabin PDP), a major research component of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, received a ...More
    July 30, 2015 Posted in News
  • Penn Study Shows Bed Bugs Can Transmit Parasite That Causes Chagas Disease
    The bed bug may be just as dangerous as its sinister cousin, the triatomine, or “kissing” bug. A new study from Penn Medicine researchers in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics demonstrated that bed bugs, like the triatomines, can transmit ...More
    November 18, 2014 Posted in News
  • Undiagnosed, Undertreated Chagas Disease Emerging as U.S. Public Health Threat
    Across a broad swath of the southern United States, residents face a tangible but mostly unrecognized risk of contracting Chagas disease—a stealthy parasitic infection that can lead to severe heart disease and death—according to new research presented today at ...More
    November 4, 2014 Posted in News
  • Cure in Sight for Kissing Bug's Bite
    Chagas disease, a deadly tropical infection caused by the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi and transmitted by biting insects called "kissing bugs," has begun to spread around the world, including the U.S. Yet current treatment is toxic and limited to the acute stage. In ...More
    February 14, 2013 Posted in News
  • With Climate Change, U.S. Could Face Risk From Chagas Disease
    In the spring of 1835, Charles Darwin was bitten in Argentina by a “great wingless black bug,” he wrote in his diary. “It is most disgusting to feel soft wingless insects, about an inch long, crawling over one's body,” Darwin wrote, “before sucking they are quite thin, but ...More
    March 15, 2012 Posted in News
  • FDA Approves First Supplemental Test for Chagas Disease
    The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first test for use as an additional, more specific test on human serum or plasma specimens found to be positive for antibodies to Trypanosoma cruzi (T. cruzi). T. cruzi causes Chagas disease, a serious and potentially fatal ...More
    November 22, 2011 Posted in News, Infections & Pathogens
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