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Acta Trop. 2010 Jul-Aug;115(1-2):22-7. doi: 10.1016/j.actatropica.2009.07.019. Epub 2009 Jul 29.

Chagas disease in Spain, the United States and other non-endemic countries.

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Centre de Salut Internacional, CRESIB, Hospital ClĂ­nic, IDIBAPS, c/Villarroel, 170, 08036, Barcelona, Spain. jgascon@clinic.ub.es

Abstract

Due to recent trends in migration, there are millions of people from Chagas disease-endemic countries now living in North America, Europe, Australia and Japan, including thousands of people with Trypanosoma cruzi infection. Most infected individuals are not aware of their status. Congenital, transfusion- and/or transplant-associated transmission has been documented in the United States, Spain, Canada and Switzerland; most instances likely go undetected. High priorities include the implementation of appropriate screening, evaluation and clinical management, and better assessment of the true burden associated with this disease.

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