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Chagas disease is a debilitating and often fatal disease resulting from infection with the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi. The infection affects up to 20 million people in Mexico, Central America, and South America, making Chagas disease the highest impact infectious disease in Latin America. In addition to being a disease of poverty, Chagas disease is also poverty-promoting in striking hardest in young adults. Chagas disease has recently gained some notoriety in the United States due to both endogenous ("home-grown") and imported cases, prompting concern about the safety of blood and organ/tissue donations. Although 2009 marks the 100 year anniversary of the discovery of Chagas disease, the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of this infection are all highly inadequate.  The battle against Chagas disease begins with information and education.    More about Chagas Disease

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Mathematical Techniques for Control of Epidemic Trypanosoma cruzi Transmission
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, United States

In Arequipa, a city of nearly one million inhabitants in southern Peru, T. cruzi and Chagas disease have become urban problems. A quiet epidemic of Chagas disease infection is progressing across the city. The specific aims of this project are: 1) To develop techniques to understand and control T. cruzi transmission in epidemic situations, and, 2. To optimize the spatio-temporal...

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