What's to Know About Chagas Disease?

Q:
What’s to know about chagas disease?

A:
Chagas disease is a contagious and inflammatory disease that is caused by Trypanosoma cruzi, a kind of parasite. Cases are often found in Latin America.

Symptoms:
The disease has an acute phase and a chronic phase. Many people don’t feel any symptom until their disease became chronic.

Symptoms of acute phase:

  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Swelling at the area infected
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Rash

Symptoms of chronic phase:

  • Cardiac arrest
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Pain in abdomen
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Constipation
  • Difficulty swallowing

 

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