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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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  • ladyjane Maci 2012/06/02 01:31:28
    ladyjane
    +2
    This is a serious issue and shouldn't be dogged by people like you! It is brought into the
    U.S. by the people from Mexico and other Latin counties and it's dangerous!
  • cher2 ladyjane 2012/06/02 06:35:59
    cher2
    Gee, I did not know that this is an ethnic bug....really?
  • ladyjane cher2 2012/06/02 06:39:30
    ladyjane
    +1
    Yes... It isn't something that has been in the United States. Another gift from the people crossing the border.
  • Maci ladyjane 2012/06/02 12:20:57
  • RoseyRhod Maci 2012/06/02 02:48:50
    RoseyRhod
    +1
    I'm a liberal, and I hate when a certain type of conservative takes every opportunity to blame liberals for everything. Please don't stoop to their level!
  • Maci RoseyRhod 2012/06/02 12:21:41
  • Mariann... Maci 2012/06/02 05:19:08
    Marianne723
    +1
    We carry it to keep the libs far away from us.
  • Maci Mariann... 2012/06/02 12:22:14 (edited)
  • darter 2012/06/01 23:52:21
    No
    darter
    +4
    Don't worry obamacare will fix it. Just rely on the gubmint to take care of ya'all.
  • starlight 2012/06/01 23:40:48
    No
    starlight
    +2
    we got bigger things to worry about............. like the whole 2012 thing!................hahaha the world is not gonna end
  • raquell.glittertush 2012/06/01 23:30:20
    No
    raquell.glittertush
    There are just too many other things closer to home to worry about right now...
  • SOUL4REAL 2012/06/01 23:27:22
    No
    SOUL4REAL
    What the hell is Chagas Disease? Is it something that can kill you? When you don't know what it is why would you be afraid?
  • Bigbrowneyes 2012/06/01 23:21:11
    No
    Bigbrowneyes
    I'm not in South America and I don't do anything that is high risk for accidents that I would need a blood transfusion. Pretty scary, though.
  • luke 2012/06/01 23:21:06
    No
    luke
    +2
    Fear mongering at its finest.

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BE AFRAID OF SOMETHING THAT HAS AN EXTREMELY SMALL STATISTICAL LIKELIHOOD OF HAPPENING TO YOU OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
  • King Cenwulf 2012/06/01 23:12:34
    No
    King Cenwulf
    No, What about cancer, heart failure etc.
  • Rock 2012/06/01 22:48:54
    No
    Rock
    Sounds like a new weight loss idea.
  • Cal 2012/06/01 22:39:08
    No
    Cal
    +1
    I don't plan on visiting South America anytime soon...or having a blood transfusion. I'd say I'm pretty set. No need for paranoia.
  • Calvin Harris ✌ 2012/06/01 22:37:14
    Yes
    Calvin Harris ✌
    I hate bugs, and I just got stung by a wasp a month ago. Barely this week I got better from it. It was purple. It hurt when I walked. If this is worse, then I'm even more frightened now.
  • Reggie☮ 2012/06/01 22:36:42
    No
    Reggie☮
    Worried no, I have some concern.
  • 10sgirl 2012/06/01 22:34:07
    Yes
    10sgirl
    Well now I am! I had no idea what it was but crap. I hate the internet
  • rightside 2012/06/01 22:31:56
    No
    rightside
    +1
    Good golly, there's something new that comes out every year. We're all going to die sometime. I guess everyone needs to be sure of where they go when they die.
  • MR. 2012/06/01 22:21:18
    No
    MR.
    +2
    Teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. *(Psalm 90:12)
  • YOMOMMA 2012/06/01 22:04:33
    No
    YOMOMMA
    We do not have those bugs here.
  • Mariann... YOMOMMA 2012/06/02 05:22:49
    Marianne723
    We didn't have AIDS here first either.
  • YOMOMMA Mariann... 2012/06/08 01:41:30
    YOMOMMA
    YiKeS! You are right! This is why I do not go out much.
  • Christiaan McPherson 2012/06/01 21:47:16
    No
    Christiaan McPherson
    +1
    Life, non of us are going to make it out alive! Death is the only certainty and all we can say is "Not Today".
    Your sexuality, nationality, religious belief, haritige means nothing. You are going to die so you might as well just get along.
  • Mariann... Christi... 2012/06/02 05:24:18 (edited)
    Marianne723
    But our greatest instinct is survival.
  • Lord Emperor of Dune 2012/06/01 21:27:35
    Yes
    Lord Emperor of Dune
    Only way to be sure to stop the spread is to quarantine every import from south of the border. Every. Stinking. One...
  • kiki 2012/06/01 21:25:15
    No
    kiki
    +3
    I don't think it such a big deal. I just believe u just have to watch out for urself
  • apachehellfire65 2012/06/01 21:22:58
    No
    apachehellfire65
    not a whole lot scares me.
  • Mecynogea 2012/06/01 21:20:18
    No
    Mecynogea
    Not really because I live in the city.
  • Robert (Rowdy) Ulmer 2012/06/01 21:15:14
    Yes
    Robert (Rowdy) Ulmer
    Sounds like mother nature has found another way to thin the population out again.
  • Mariann... Robert ... 2012/06/02 05:26:55
    Marianne723
    Do you really think that MOTHER NATURE is responsible for all the life threatening super bugs that get started?
  • Robert ... Mariann... 2012/06/24 13:13:45
    Robert (Rowdy) Ulmer
    Yes i do
  • Mariann... Robert ... 2012/06/26 22:01:59
    Marianne723
    That's the first time I ever heard our world governments called Mother Nature....LOL
  • Lerro DeHazel 2012/06/01 21:06:31
    Yes
    Lerro DeHazel
    +1
    I live in a Sanctuary City that is totally-totally engulfed by parasitic illegal aliens, every, every, everyday!!! I don't mind telling you.
  • TrudyGirl 2012/06/01 20:57:56
    No
    TrudyGirl
    Not afraid of everything that comes down the road but would be interested to know more about it.
  • Professor Wizard 2012/06/01 20:53:56
    No
    Professor Wizard
    There are thousands of diseases that will kill you. If you stop to worry about them all, or even 10% of them, you won't have time to live life.

    If some disease doesn't kill me, I'll live until I die.
  • AmericanVirus 2012/06/01 20:48:27
    No
    AmericanVirus
    I don't really worry about things
  • Wulfdane 2012/06/01 20:42:30 (edited)
    No
    Wulfdane
    +1
    There are six million ways to die, why live in fear?

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