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Chagas Disease - Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated on Feb 02, 2017
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who treats Chagas disease?

Chagas disease is treated by an infectious disease specialist familiar in treating the condition. Complications may require the expertise of a gastroenterologist or cardiologist or a neurologist.

2. Can the triatomine bug cause any other illness?

The saliva of the triatomine bug can cause an allergic reaction resulting in symptoms of redness, itching, swelling and even anaphylactic shock.
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3. Can a pregnant women who is positive for Chagas disease be treated during pregnancy?

Treatment with the anti-parasitic medications should be postponed till after the delivery of the baby and completion of breastfeeding.

4. Is there a vaccine available that I can take before I go to an endemic place to prevent Chagas disease?

A vaccine for Chagas disease is not available. If you take adequate precautions as mentioned above, your chances of contracting the disease are extremely low.

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