Chagas disease remains under US physician radar

November 21, 2014

Chagas disease remains under U.S. physician radar In general, U.S. physicians still view Chagas disease as an exotic disease contracted in foreign countries, but increasingly, research is proving that assumption wrong. The CDC estimates that 1 in every 300,000 Americans are infected, and a study found the protozoan parasite that causes Chagas disease, Trypanosoma cruzi, in Texas shelter dogs. The disease can cause severe and debilitating cardiac disease in people, and diagnosis and treatment are difficult. DiscoverMagazine.com/Body Horrors blog (11/20)