Global & Disaster Medicine

Congenitally acquired Chagas disease reported in Canada

Pierre J. Plourde, Kamran Kadkhoda and Momar Ndao
* * “…..3 adults with polymerase chain reaction-positive, indeterminate Chagas disease acquired their infection congenitally, as they were born in Canada, spent small periods of time in an endemic area (fewer than 3 months cumulatively) and were born to a mother who was parasitemic and never treated for Chagas disease. ….”
**  “…..Given the substantial numbers of Latin American immigrants from endemic countries, there are likely thousands of undiagnosed, chronically infected persons with Chagas disease in Canada, with only a small minority discovered via blood donation. …….”
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