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Keyword: chagas

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  • Kissing bug disease infects OVER 300,000 people in the US

    11/09/2014 9:42:12 AM PST · by pepsi_junkie · 39 replies
    The Dail Mail ^ | November 9, 2014 | Alexandra Klausner
    Over 300,000 Americans have already been infected with the potentially fatal 'kissing bug disease' called Chagas but U.S. healthcare workers lack of knowledge about the illness is letting many cases of the parasite unnoticed. Some doctors are calling it the 'new AIDS' because of the way it develops.
  • Chagas: Is tropical disease really the new AIDS?

    05/31/2012 10:53:19 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 15 replies
    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." More than 8 million people have been infected by Chagas, most of them in Latin and Central America. But more than 300,000 live in the United States. The editorial, published by the Public Library of Science's Neglected Tropical Diseases, said the spread of the disease is reminiscent of the early years of HIV. "There are a number of striking similarities between people living with Chagas disease and people living with...
  • The 'new AIDS of the Americas': Experts warn of deadly insect-borne disease

    05/30/2012 7:42:36 AM PDT · by bkopto · 47 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 29, 2012 | Staff
    The parasitic illness called Chagas Disease has similarities to the early spread of HIV, according to a new study. An estimated 10 million people worldwide are infected with most sufferers in Bolivia, Mexico, Columbia and Central America, as well as approximately 30,000 people in the U.S.... The disease - once largely contained to Latin America - has spread into the U.S due to increases in travel and immigration.
  • Deadly kissing bugs found in Texas

    03/21/2012 7:00:00 AM PDT · by eastforker · 47 replies
    click2Houston ^ | 3/21/12 | click2Houston
    Chagas, a disease that can lead to life-threatening heart and digestive disorders, is in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So far, seven cases have been diagnosed in Arizona and California. Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin said the bugs that cause the disease, the Triatomid or "kissing bug," were already discovered in 11 southern and central Texas counties.
  • Chagas Disease May Be a Threat in South Texas, Says Researcher

    10/17/2011 3:54:55 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 22 replies · 1+ views
    University of Texas ^ | Oct. 6, 2011 | Sahotra Sarkar
    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. A composite risk map for Chagas disease in Texas. According to Sahotra Sarkar's analysis eleven counties are at particular risk: Bee, Bexar, Brooks, Cameron, DeWitt, Goliad, Hidalgo, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, and Nueces. "We've been studying this for four years now, and this year the number of disease-causing insects is quite amazing," says Sahotra Sarkar, professor of integrative biology and philosophy at The...
  • Impacts of Illegal Immigration: Diseases

    07/20/2010 5:16:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies · 2+ views
    The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration ^ | July 20, 2010 | P. F. Wagner and Dan Amato
    Legal immigrants are required to have medical screening to ensure that they do not bring any contagious diseases into the United States. Illegal aliens are not screened and many are carrying horrific third world diseases that do not belong in the USA. Many of these diseases are highly contagious and will infect citizens that come in contact with an infected illegal alien. This has already happened in restaurants, schools, and police forces. Malaria was eradicated from the USA in the 1940s but recently there were outbreaks in southern California, New Jersey, New York City, and Houston. Additionally, Malaria tainted blood...
  • New testing discloses a deadly danger is in Bexar [Chagas in Texas]

    02/15/2009 10:07:35 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 29 replies · 1,554+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 02/15/2009 | Don Finley
    For a disease that begins with a bite from the deceptively sweet-sounding kissing bug, Chagas disease is a major killer in some parts of the world. The bug deposits a parasite that can lurk silently in the body for decades before causing the heart to enlarge — and sometimes the colon or esophagus as well. Chagas, which afflicts millions in Latin America, was long thought to be largely confined there. But a recently approved test to screen blood donors has identified hundreds of cases across the United States — including eight in Bexar County. The sudden appearance of these cases...
  • Latin American Scourge turning up in U.S. immigrants (Chagas Disease)

    11/06/2007 5:49:39 PM PST · by television is just wrong · 43 replies · 71+ views
    Los Angeles Times via SF Gate.com ^ | November 6, 2007 | Mary Engel
    A Los Angeles County hospital has opened the first clinic in the country devoted to studying and treating Chagas disease, a deadly parasitic illness that has long been the leading cause of heart failure in Latin America and is now being seen in immigrant communities in the United States. Unless Chagas is treated early, little can be done to halt its advance. Yet because 10 to 20 years can pass before heart or gastrointestinal complications develop, many people don't realize they're infected with what has been called a silent killer. "We really, really need to become more aware of the...
  • Parasite is a growing concern for healthcare profesionals

    03/15/2007 10:35:15 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 25 replies · 1,032+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 15,2007 | Rong-Gong Lin II
    Parasite is a growing concern for healthcare professionals One in 3,800 donors in the L.A. area tested positive for Chagas, a deadly disease that is mainly found in Latin America. By Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer March 15, 2007 - Information on Chagas disease A little-known but potentially deadly parasite from Latin America has become one of the latest threats to the blood and organ supplies in the United States, especially in Los Angeles, where many donors have traveled to affected countries, health officials say....... according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The parasite, which is...
  • America's new Alamo -- we must not lose again

    08/08/2006 4:53:20 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 20 replies · 707+ views
    RenewAmerica.us ^ | August 8, 2006 | Kevin Fobbs
    Almost two centuries ago, a small band of national patriots joined Texans to launch a battle for freedom and sent a unifying rallying cry through out our nation "Remember The Alamo!" Our nation is being threatened by a new Alamo, and the army is between 12 million and 20 million strong. The army is one that is creeping, walking, swimming and being driven in shadowy caravans across our nation's state borders. Instead of being armed with weapons of violence, this army is simply overwhelming American health care, education, and justice systems by refusing to enter our country legally. But the...
  • Rare Infection Threatens to Spread in Blood Supply

    11/18/2003 7:03:04 AM PST · by neverdem · 87 replies · 3,246+ views
    NY Times ^ | 11/18/03 | Donald G. McNeil Jr
    A parasitic infection common in Latin America is threatening the United States blood supply, public health experts say. They are especially concerned because there will be no test for it in donated blood until next year at the earliest. The infection, Chagas disease, is still rare in this country. Only nine cases are known to have been transmitted by transfusion or transplant in the United States and Canada in the last 20 years. But hundreds of blood recipients may be silently infected, experts say, and there is no effective treatment for them. After a decade or more, 10 to 30...