Journal Article

An Estimate of the Burden of Chagas Disease in the United States

Caryn Bern and Susan P. Montgomery

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 49, issue 5, pages e52-e54
Published in print September 2009 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online September 2009 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/605091
An Estimate of the Burden of Chagas Disease in the United States

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Chagas disease causes the highest burden of any parasitic disease in the Western hemisphere. By applying published seroprevalence figures to immigrant populations, we estimate that 300,167 individuals with Trypanosoma cruzi infection live in the United States, with 30,000–45,000 cardiomyopathy cases and 63–315 congenital infections annually. T. cruzi causes a substantial disease burden in the United States.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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