With Climate Change, U.S. Could Face Risk From Chagas Disease

“So far…only seven cases of Chagas disease transmitted by kissing bugs have been documented in the United States.”

From a University of Vermont media release:

…“We think the actual transmission is higher than the seven cases we have identified,” says Patricia Dorn, an expert on Chagas disease at Loyola University and co-author on the new study, “but, even with these findings, we think the transmission of Chagas — of the T. cruzi parasite — is still very low in the US.”

But with a warming climate that rate might rise…

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