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Emerg Infect Dis. 2014 Aug;20(8):1323-6. doi: 10.3201/eid2008.131843.

Shelter dogs as sentinels for Trypanosoma cruzi transmission across Texas.

Abstract

Chagas disease, an infection with the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, is increasingly diagnosed among humans in the southern United States. We assessed exposure of shelter dogs in Texas to T. cruzi; seroprevalence across diverse ecoregions was 8.8%. Canine serosurveillance is a useful tool for public health risk assessment.

KEYWORDS:

Chagas disease; Texas, hematophagous triatomines, kissing bug, vectorborne, parasite, autochthonous, enzootic, parasites; Trypanosoma cruzi

PMID:
25062281
PMCID:
PMC4111162
DOI:
10.3201/eid2008.131843
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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