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The Impact of Chagas Disease on Military Training in Texas: Prevalence and Seroprevalance of Trypanosoma cruzi Among U.S. Military Members in South Texas
59th Medical Wing San Antonio United States
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Background Am estimated 300 thousand U.S. residents are infected with Trypanosoma cruzi, the causative parasitic agent of Chagas disease. Although the majority of cases are in Latin American immigrants, evidence points to increasing incidence of autochthonous cases of Chagas disease. In its first year, this study reported the prevalence and seroprevalence of Chagas disease among military members who may be at increased risk due to field training activities conducted around the San Antonio area, where T. cruzi-infected triatomines have been identified.
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