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FDA Approves Benznidazole as First U.S. Treatment for Chagas Disease

Posted 30 Aug 2017 by

August 29, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today granted accelerated approval to benznidazole for use in children ages 2 to 12 years old with Chagas disease. It is the first treatment approved in the United States for the treatment of Chagas disease. Chagas disease, or American trypanosomiasis, is a parasitic infection caused by Trypanosoma cruzi and can be transmitted through ...

Chagas Disease Parasite Prevalent in Texas 'Kissing Bugs'

Posted 22 Sep 2015 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 22, 2015 – Blood-sucking insects commonly found in Texas are often carriers of a deadly parasite that causes Chagas disease, a new study finds. The bugs – also known as "assassin bugs" or "kissing bugs" – can carry a parasite called Trypanosoma cruzi that causes Chagas disease, said researchers from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Texas residents appear to be at much ...

Chagas Vaccine Shows Promise in Mice

Posted 8 May 2015 by

FRIDAY, May 8, 2015 – An experimental vaccine provides mice with long-lasting protection against Chagas disease, which can lead to death from heart and intestinal complications in people, researchers report. Chagas disease is widespread in most Latin America countries and is an emerging disease in the United States. A parasite called T. cruzi causes the infection. There are no vaccines or ...

Bedbugs Could Be Potential New Source of Tropical Disease in U.S.

Posted 18 Nov 2014 by

MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 – Until recently, insect-transmitted Chagas disease was found mainly in Latin America and South America, but it has made its way to the United States over the past few years. The potentially fatal illness is typically transmitted via the bite of the "kissing bug," which feeds on the faces of humans at night. And now a new study suggests that common bedbugs might be carriers ...

'Kissing Bug' Now Spreading Tropical Disease in U.S.

Posted 4 Nov 2014 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 4, 2014 – Residents of the southern United States may be at risk for a parasitic infection that can lead to severe heart disease and death, three new studies suggest. Chagas disease, which is transmitted by "kissing bugs" that feed on the faces of humans at night, was once thought limited to Mexico, Central America and South America. That's no longer the case, the new research ...

Insects Behind Chagas Disease Are Feeding on Humans in the U.S.

Posted 20 Mar 2012 by

TUESDAY, March 20 – Insects that are part of a family of bugs that transmit Chagas disease are well-established and feeding on human blood in certain regions of the United States, a new study finds. What remains a mystery, however, is why the insects infect millions in Central and South America with Chagas disease, a serious condition that can lead to life-threatening digestive and heart ...

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