States tremble at Chagas disease
This disease caused by a parasite and transmitted to humans from the bite of an insect. The report, published in the journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, Chagas disease, dubbed "the new U.S. AIDS", reports The New York Times.
The report, a group of experts on tropical diseases at Baylor College of Medicine, believe: distribution of the disease in this part of the world is as if the early spread of HIV.
In the States, Chagas disease is more commonly known as the "American trypanosomiasis." As with AIDS, according to the scientists, the disease has a long incubation period and it is almost impossible to cure.
Chagas disease affects about 8 million people in the Americas, primarily in Bolivia, Mexico, Colombia and Central America. However, more than 300,000 infected live in the U.S.. Many of them – immigrants.
Disease can be transmitted from mother to child, or a blood transfusion. About a quarter of cases eventually develop a syndrome of enlarged heart and intestines, which as a result will provoke sudden death. And the drugs only help if you start taking them early.