Louis V. Kirchhoff, MD, MPH
Chagas disease (American trypanosomiasis), a zoonosis caused by the protozoan parasite, Trypanosoma cruzi (1-3), is a typical "exotic" disease in that it is a major cause of morbidity and death among the poor in less developed countries but is little known among physicians in the industrialized nations where it rarely occurs. In this issue Grant and colleagues (4) and Nickerson and associates (5) describe two cases of acute Chagas disease that occurred in the United States and Canada as a result of transfusion of blood donated by asymptomatic Latin American immigrants chronically infected with T. cruzi. In view of these
Kirchhoff LV. Is Trypanosoma cruzi a New Threat to Our Blood Supply?. Ann Intern Med. ;111:773–775. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-111-10-773
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1989;111(10):773-775.
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