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5 Facts you should know about

Chagas disease

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1

A tropical parasitic disease

caused by Trypanosoma cruzi.

2

It is spread mostly by insects

known as Triatominae, or "kissing bugs".

3

In the early stage, symptoms are typically either not present or mild,

and may include fever, swollen lymph nodes, headaches, or swelling at the site of the bite.

4

The disease may also be spread through blood transfusion,

organ transplantation, eating food contaminated with the parasites, and vertical transmission.

5

Up to 45% of people with chronic infection develop heart disease

10–30 years after the initial illness, which can lead to heart failure.

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