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Clin Infect Dis. 2009 Sep 1;49(5):e52-4. doi: 10.1086/605091.

An estimate of the burden of Chagas disease in the United States.

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Division of Parasitic Diseases, National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne and Enteric Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. CBern@cdc.gov <CBern@cdc.gov>

Abstract

Chagas disease causes the highest burden of any parasitic disease in the Western hemisphere. By applying published seroprevalence figures to immigrant populations, we estimate that 300,167 individuals with Trypanosoma cruzi infection live in the United States, with 30,000-45,000 cardiomyopathy cases and 63-315 congenital infections annually. T. cruzi causes a substantial disease burden in the United States.

PMID:
19640226
DOI:
10.1086/605091
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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