Pestilence watch: Is Chagas the new HIV/AIDs of the Americas?

June 1. 2012DISEASEChagas, 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 HIV/AIDS,” the authors wrote, “particularly for those with HIV/AIDS who contracted the disease in the first two decades of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.” Both diseases disproportionately affect people living in poverty, both are chronic conditions requiring prolonged, expensive treatment, and as with patients in the first two decades of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, “most patients with Chagas disease do not have access to health care facilities.” Unlike HIV, Chagas is not a sexually-transmitted disease: it’s “caused by parasites transmitted to humans by blood-sucking insects,’ as the New York Times put it. “It likes to bite you on the face,” CNN reported. “It’s called the kissing bug. When it ingests your blood, it excretes the parasite at the same time. When you wake up and scratch the itch, the parasite moves into the wound and you’re infected.” –Yahoo
contribution by Emanni  
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8 Responses to Pestilence watch: Is Chagas the new HIV/AIDs of the Americas?

  1. Eduardo says:

    This could be bad :O


  2. Irene C says:

    I don’t think I’ve seen an article on this one before, so sorry if I’m mistaken. This was brought to my attention by someone who lives in Australia.


  3. igby says:

    I do research on the parasite that causes it, Trypanosoma cruzi. the parasite needs a tropical climate to proliferate, so mostly central and south american countries deal with it on an epidemic level. Although some areas of the US are affected significantly by it like Texas and New Mexico. Most countries have taken comprehensive measures to eradicate it, like Argentina and my home country, Brazil. It is a disease of poverty and simple measures such as spraying areas where the Barber bug is present is enough. That should be enough to put away fears of it becoming even worse, but that’s exactly where the problem is, poverty is not gonna go away, and there will always be areas where the bug is present in great numbers. There is no cure, and as stated in the article, treatment is expensive and not all that accurate, very likely to cause heart related diseases at late stages.

    I am studying it in hopes of finding a cure for it and make the lives of those in my country better, because even though healthcare is free, most live too far away from any hospitals where treatments are available. it’s pretty sad.


  4. Emanni says:

    Chagas Disease “can be transmitted from mother to child or by blood transfusion.”


  5. Grandpa says:

    sounds more to me to be a little robot….Exterminate the source


  6. FRIDAY ONYEMATA .O. says:

    I just hope it does’nt get to nigeria cause half the population might be gone before cause of death is discovered.


  7. Ralph Goyer says:

    magnificent post, very informative. I wonder why the other experts of this sector don’t notice this. You must continue your writing. I’m sure, you have a great readers’ base already!


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