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Mexico: Chagas disease outbreak in Yucatan state

Chagas disease outbreak in Yucatan state; at least 24 cases reported between February 3 and February 9

23 févr. 22h17 UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 21/2/2019, 12h00 until 3/3/2019, 11h59 (America/Mexico_City). COUNTRY/REGION Yucatán

Event

An outbreak of Chagas disease has been reported in Yucatan state. According to state health authorities, at least 24 cases have been reported between February 3, and February 9. Further spread of the disease is possible in the near term.

Context

Chagas disease, or American trypanosomiasis, is an infectious disease caused by the Trypanosoma cruzi parasite. The disease is transmitted by the bite or consumption of food contaminated with the feces of the triatomine insect, and is primarily found in the Americas, particularly in poor, rural areas of Latin America. Initial symptoms include fever or swelling around the site of infection during the acute phase of the disease, which lasts for a few weeks to a month after infection; a longer, chronic phase follows, in which many of those infected may be asymptomatic. If left untreated, Chagas disease can result in digestive disorders, neurological disorders, cardiac arrhythmia, and even heart failure.

Advice

To minimize the risk of contracting Chagas disease and other diseases transmitted via insects in Brazil, use insect repellent, wear covering clothing, and sleep under insect netting or in an air-conditioned room. Seek immediate medical attention if you develop the abovementioned symptoms.

 

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