Are You Worried About Chagas Disease?

News 2012/06/01 19:00:00
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When doctors start comparing a disease to AIDS, it's time to take a closer look at what's going on. You don't want to start freaking out without reason, but you don't want to shrug it off, either. Chagas disease is a nearly incurable disease caused by a parasite called Trypanosoma cruzi, or the "kissing bug," and has affected approximately 8 million people worldwide, and 300,000 people in the U.S. But it's not a death sentence, and, incidentally, it's not spread by kissing.

According to PubMed Health, Chagas is either spread by infected kissing bugs (in areas where they're common, such as South America), or by blood transfusion in areas where they're not (such as the U.S.). It can also be passed on Symptoms include fever, constipation, abdomen pain, and loss of appetite. The real danger is in its potential to impact the heart, which could lead to death. Does it sound like something you should be afraid of?

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  • Sophie 2012/06/12 05:27:31
    Well crap, I never even heard of it til now but I don't think I will freak about it.
  • TheVynne 2012/06/06 13:39:41
    No, it's not especially relevant to my area and it's "not a death sentence". I will be aware, but if I were afraid of everything there was to be afraid of (that actually are a death sentence, no less) then I'd never sleep again. I don't have the energy to be that worried.
  • politicalsoldier 2012/06/05 19:29:30
    Can't worry about ever disease and scary thing out there. There are plenty more deadly diseases to go around after this one.
  • Incognito 2012/06/05 17:31:02 (edited)
    Actually, I am kinda afraid of Chagas disease. But I am not going to live my life inside of a bubble because of the bug. woman inside bubble http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_CMC...
  • Leona Hill 2012/06/05 16:17:29
    Leona Hill
    I never heard of it till you mentioned it. I looked it up, and no, I'm not afraid of it, but I certainly wouldn't want to have it.
  • Jacob 2012/06/05 15:58:41
    Another stupid disease. One day we wouldn't be able to do anything cuz everything will cause a disease.
  • Shadow 2012/06/05 11:40:18
    I don't know if it is something to worry over. But it sounds as such.
  • David (oYo) 2012/06/05 10:25:28
  • Wolfman 2012/06/05 06:40:29
  • krishan chandra 2012/06/05 05:37:57
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  • kobidobidog 2012/06/05 05:25:07
    I don't believe the fear mongers. I tell; humans all ages www.upcspine.com right now is best.
  • MkB 2012/06/05 02:15:23 (edited)
    I worry about minor things like the Fukishima nuclear plant disaster. Where's the msm on this story?
  • TJ 2012/06/05 00:11:13
    que sera sera
  • MacBlackadder21 2012/06/04 23:34:34
    I was more worried about Swine Flu. This disease can't be not a death sentence and one that kills it has to be either one or the other.
  • AngryGabby 2012/06/04 20:28:12
    I'm more afraid of this disease: it makes your brain rot away, stuff comes out of your mouth that is difficult to clean up, and it affects your judgement.

    This, my friends, is the Stupid Disease.
  • cestmonopinion 2012/06/04 19:53:54
    I don't live where these bugs do. However, I need to know more. I think I should be concerned, but it's not going to keep me up at night.
  • Wanderer 2012/06/04 18:30:46
    Moderately...I doubt very much if I'll ever see one but it's good to be aware that they're out there...
  • squire 2012/06/04 17:07:22
    no. i'm more worried about white people in the republican party.
  • Larry777 2012/06/04 16:24:38
    Chances are they'll come up with some bogus vaccine loaded with tons of mercury and other chemicals to lower our population by destroying our women's fertility and make the entire country dumber.
  • thє вlu... Larry777 2012/06/04 17:09:30
  • Larry777 thє вlu... 2012/06/04 17:15:38
    So are you agreeing or disagreeing with me?
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  • Donn Wright 2012/06/04 16:19:51
    Donn Wright
    I was counting up the real life threats that could end the world as we know it the other day. I stopped at 23 because I ran out of time. All of them are not only possible, but either likely or virtually certain, it's just a matter of when, not if.

    One can only worry about so many things and I don't think this qualifies considering the competition for "worry time".

    Besides, I believe in worrying about things that I can either attempt to change, or at least prepare for if I can't change it. Everything else is just wasted worry.
  • brunyon 2012/06/04 15:46:19
    <<< Entomologist, I am not worried about this at all.
  • Vipor_GG 2012/06/04 14:12:46
    It is far more likely you will die because some idiot can't drive. I still drive daily.
  • rknothead 2012/06/04 11:25:25
    I travel to many destinations, and wear repellant when I'm in jungle areas because any extra protection is worth it.
  • Simms 2012/06/04 11:24:06
    A little... I wouldn't have been as bothered if one of those ugly bastards hadn't run up my chest about a month before I saw the news story on it.
  • Muver Simms 2012/06/04 15:48:48
    Were you in this country when that happened??? If so, where ...??
    If they are in South America, eventually, they will end up here someplace...they are probably hitch hiker vermin, just like everything else that gets loaded in cargo containers and sent someplace..
  • Simms Muver 2012/06/05 11:58:21
    I was a few miles South of Houston, Texas. I felt something tickle my calf, and just shook my leg. The next thing I knew, their was this ugly bug, that I had never seen before, on my lap. Thing ran up my chest and right toward my neck. About a month after it happened, they had a story on the news about Chagas disease and the "kissing bugs" that spread them. That is when I realized what the ugly thing was.

    Here is a map from the AABB (formerly the American Association of Blood Banks), from a Wired news story.
    realized map aabb american association blood banks wired news story
  • Muver Simms 2012/06/06 05:18:02
    WOW, the little beasties are almost everywhere...I guess it will be a good thing to watch for ...yikes...:D
  • Proggy 2012/06/04 09:31:34
    Just something else to scare people.
  • POWERSHAKER 2012/06/04 09:09:19 (edited)
  • LisaSmith 2012/06/04 06:43:46
    I have never heard of it but I do feel a little uncomfortable now because my leg is touching the back of the chair.
  • Brian ☮ R P ☮ 2012 ☮ 2012/06/04 06:29:46
    Brian ☮ R P ☮ 2012 ☮
    Worrying about things that MAY affect you, is a waste of time and mental energy.
  • AL 2012/06/04 06:19:07 (edited)
    And yet, I'm alot more worried about the illegal aliens with these health care issues bringing them into our Country, with Obamas blessing as well!
  • Muver AL 2012/06/04 15:55:50
    Yes, and sadly our infants are going to pay the price...you would not believe all the new and really the ( unknown effects of) all the shots they have out there for babies now....no one knows the long term effects of at least half of them, but pediatricians are extremely persistant in pushing these shots...and for some,. a child can not go to day care without them, or even start school....Parents MUST become informed, and not blindly just get shots because the Dr. says so....in this case, the parent is still in charge ....

    Due to the influx, the reintroduction of Polio and other "old time" diseases may be introduced...along with many others that we do not have knowledge of or prevention/treatment for....illegal entry is bad for tons of reasons, this is just one.
  • AL Muver 2012/06/05 05:12:49
    This illegal immigration is nothing like when our own ancestors had to pass a health care check and a Government hold,before they could even inter the U.S.!
  • kissmycheeks 2012/06/04 05:20:41
    If I die then I die. I'm not worried.
  • AL kissmyc... 2012/06/04 06:21:27
    How about your family? Do you feel the same way about them as well?
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