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Does this could be a Spreading way of Chagas disease?

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Does this could be a Spreading way of Chagas disease?

Postby vak191b » Mon Oct 16, 2006 3:41 am

One has been to Peru,Entered Andes mountain range,and he bought some special local product or sell some thing.And the money with Trypanosoma cruzi or with dejecta of insects that passed from local villigers to the triper.
Then he carry the money all the time,and he never minded the medium on the note paper.So when he eat something or do something other,can he catch Chagas disease into his body?If he go to a far country,and gave the note to some others,Were they in the dangers of infection of Chagas disease?
Just talk about it.I'm not a biologist,so please don't laugh at me for my ingorance.
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Postby honee_v » Mon Oct 16, 2006 8:16 am

Chagas disease can be acquired through an insect vector, like trypanosome-carrying triatomine bugs... these bugs emerge at night to feed, a perfect time wen usually the host is in deep slumber... at the time of biting the bug also defecates :shock: , depositing the infective feces on the skin of the host. so that wen the host rubs the skin (as the feces causes that area to itch), T. cruzi now gets the chance to enter the host body thru open wounds, mouth or eyes.

However, gettng the disease thru currencies seems a bit unlikely... (UNless it got contaminated with the bugs feces then accidentally ingesting it... :roll: ) Rather eating an unsanitary (uncooked) food directly contaminated with infective bug feces is more probable mode of acquiring/spreading that disease.. if by a chance that traveler came in contact with infective bug feces, and unknowingly ingested it, chances are, that traveler could be harboring the parasite.

other modes of transmission are by receiving infected blood transfusion, or congenitally..



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Chagas Disease questions

Postby Denise » Wed Mar 21, 2007 4:06 pm

I recently returned from a trip to Placencia, Belize. One the third day I woke up with a swollen red area around my right eye. Later in the day I noticed a "C" shaped "burn" on my leg and an ovel shaped "burn" on my waste on my back. Later the same day I noticed my right knee appeared to be sunburned. The next day liquid blisters appeared on them and they begin to itch. A week later, they are no longer red, but look like large bruises and still itch. I have noticed a small rash on my wrist and one on my right elbow.

I visited my doctor and he couldn't diagnose it. He referred me to a dermatologist and he didn't know. I am going in for bloodwork today. Does this sound like Chagas Disease?
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Postby Darby » Wed Mar 21, 2007 6:01 pm

Denise, your symptoms don't match Chagas Disease at all.

Since trypanosomes do not form cystlike structures, their ability to survive any kind of drying environment would be very limited - transfer by money would be very unlikely. Usually, they depend upon contamination of the bite wounds with feces from the biter.
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Postby Denise » Wed Mar 21, 2007 6:32 pm

Thanks to your quick response. Do you have any suggestions on what it could be? I was prescribed a topical steroid, but haven't seen any changes. I never ran fever, vomited, or had a headache. I've looked up "Belize skin rashes" and found some similiaties, but no real solution or answer.
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Postby Darby » Thu Mar 22, 2007 11:19 pm

No idea - with only those symptoms, there isn't much that matches.
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