Chagas Disease in Texas: New Surveillance Data
High rates in dogs point to environmental prevalence

by John Gever, Managing Editor, MedPage Today
October 31, 2018

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NEW ORLEANS -- Researchers reported high rates of Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite responsible for Chagas disease, in a pair of studies on free-running and shelter dogs in Texas, suggesting that the pathogen is more prevalent in the local environment than commonly thought.

But there was good news for Texas hunters in another study presented here: although survey data indicated frequent potential exposure to the insect that transmits T. cruzi, not one of more than 1,000 hunters tested had been infected...