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Chagas Disease

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Chagas disease, also called American trypanosomiasis, is caused by infection with Trypanosoma cruzi, a single-celled parasite naturally transmitted by several species of triatomine bugs (“kissing bugs,” “cone-nose bug,” “vinchuca”). Humans, dogs, and many other species of domestic and wild animals are susceptible to infection. The insect vectors of Chagas disease and the T. cruzi parasite are found in all regions of Texas.

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Last updated October 3, 2019