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  • Brazil: Chagas disease and Açaí fruit

    Source: https://www.elespectador.com/noticia...rticulo-832966

    El fruto del Açaí también transmite mal de Chagas
    Salud
    8 Ene 2019 - 4:50 PM
    Rodrigo de Oliveira Andrade / SciDev.net

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    The Açaí fruit also transmits Chagas disease
    Health
    8 Jan 2019 - 4:50 PM
    Rodrigo de Oliveira Andrade / SciDev.net

    Two studies corroborate that the popular açaí artisan juice is a source of oral transmission of the disease. That is why it is necessary to subject it to pasteurization processes.
    Fruit of the Acai. Railson Wallace / Wikipedia.

    The artisan juice of açaí - the fruit of a palm tree (Euterpe oleracea) that grows in the wild in the rainforest of the North region of Brazil - would be one of the main sources of infection by Trypanosoma cruzi, a parasite that causes Chagas disease. Two Brazilian studies.

    The disease affects around 8 million people in the world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), and is transmitted by an insect known by various names in Latin America (chinche, chirimacha, barber). It manifests itself in the first months after infection. The majority of cases do not present symptoms, which makes early diagnosis difficult. When the disease evolves to the chronic phase, it causes cardiac and digestive complications...

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