Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Chagas Disease Underlying Cause

Facts about Chagas disease:

  • This infection is caused by a parasite named Trypanosoma cruzi.
  • Chagas disease is most common in Central and South America.
  • The parasite is transmitted to humans by the bite of a blood-sucking insect such as the kissing bug.

Last Updated: Dec 7, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Chagas Disease References
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