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    Chagas Disease Affects More than 300,000 in US
    Conference Coverage > IDWEEK 2016
    Oct 27, 2016 | Gale Scott

    Chagas Disease, an infection caused by the parasite T. cruzi has made its way to the US, affecting an estimated 300,000 people, researchers said today at IDWeek 2016 in New Orleans, LA.

    Jennifer Manne-Goehler, MD, DSc, MSc, of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA and colleagues calculated estimates of state and national prevalence of Chagas. They used data of foreign-born Hispanics then applied the prevalence estimates of Chagas in those immigrants? native countries.

    They also used the number of infections identified in donated blood supply, data provided by the American Associated of Blood Banks, and cases treated based on drug release data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    The US states in which the disease is most prevalent are California and Texas, and New York and New Jersey are among the top five. There are 10 states with at least 5,000 cases...