In the latest issue of PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, a distinguished group of virologists, epidemiologists and infectious-disease specialists say that’s not a hypothetical question. They argue that Chagas disease, a parasitic infection transmitted by blood-sucking insects, has become so widespread and serious — while remaining largely unrecognized — that it deserves to be considered a public health emergency. Extending the metaphor, they liken Chagas’ stealth spread to the early days of AIDS:Is Chagas disease the 'new AIDS'? - The Week
A disease spread by parasitic bugs is being dubbed the "new AIDS of the Americas" by researchers because its initial symptoms are hard to detect. According to a lengthy editorial in the journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, Chagas disease is slowly — and surreptitiously — spreading to the U.S. from Latin America. Here, a concise guide to the stealthy illness:Spread of Chagas Is Called ‘The New AIDS of the Americas’ - NYTimes.com
Chagas disease, caused by parasites transmitted to humans by blood-sucking insects, has been named “the new AIDS of the Americas” in a lengthy editorial published in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases.Chagas, the 'New HIV/AIDS of the Americas', nears New York - Rochester infectious disease | Examiner.com
Chagas Disease: “The New HIV/AIDS of the Americas” points to ten million people in the Americas stricken with Chagas, and up to one million in the United States. Chagas is caused by the Trypanosoma cruzi parasite and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) state that it is found only in the Western Hemisphere. The illness is spread by contact with the triatomine bug and a 2011 article in Clinical Microbiology Reviews finds that there are eleven triatomine species found in the United States.Is the Deadly Kissing Bug Disease the New HIV/AIDS? - Forbes
Chagas is not a new disease. It’s named after Carlos Chagas (circa 1909), a Brazilian doctor who discovered that Triatoma carry a potentially lethal parasite called Trypanosoma cruzi. After several of his patients developed a strange infection that he couldn’t identify, Chagas set out to investigate how humans come in contact with the pathogen and its effects on the body of its host. He probably didn’t realize at the time that his work would prove to be groundbreaking in the history of epidemiology (Chagas later went on to identify the parasitic fungal genus Pneumocystis, another major discovery).Chagas: Is tropical disease really the new AIDS? | The Lookout - Yahoo! News
More than 8 million people have been infected by Chagas, most of them in Latin and Central America. But more than 300,000 live in the United States.