Prevalence and Seroprevalence of Trypanosoma Cruzi Infection in a Military Population in Texas
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59th Medical Wing San Antonio United States
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Hundreds of triatomine insects were recently collected at field training sites on Joint Base San Antonio, a large military installation located in south-central Texas. Over 256 of these triatomines tested positive for Trypanosoma cruzi, the causative parasitic agent of Chagas disease, and 33 had detectable human blood in their midgut. Given the potential for vector-borne human Chagas disease, a cross-sectional study was conducted to determine the prevalence and seroprevalence of T. cruzi infection in highest risk subpopulations on the installation, including students and instructors who work and sleep in triatomine-endemic field settings.
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