Chagas disease

Chagas disease is an infection caused by the “Trypanosoma cruzi” parasite which is transmitted through the bites of an insect (the “kissing bug”). The disease can also be spread from mother to child (vertical transmission), through blood transfusion, organ donation from people infected with the disease or from eating food contaminated with the parasite. For the moment, the number of new cases has been reduced thanks to policies to eliminate the insect in countries where it is endemic, as well as thanks to screening programmes aimed at blood and organ donors and pregnant women. The future challenges to cure this disease are maintaining and increasing these measures in addition to developing new treatment evolution and response markers for patients in the chronic phase, and new drugs to treat the disease.

Malaltia de Chagas a Vall d'Hebron
Authorship: Vall d'Hebron
Creation date: 17.12.2021, 10:03
Modification date: 31.01.2022, 12:39
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