Although cases of Chagas disease decrease in Cochabamba, Bolivia, there is still a risk

So far this year, there have been 8,146 new laboratory confirmed cases of Chagas disease in the province of Cochabamba. Although there is a reduction in the number of cases, there is still a risk, mostly in rural areas.

The risk to travellers is generally low. This risk is increased if travellers camp, stay in poorly constructed housing, obtain unscreened blood transfusions, or ingest contaminated food or drink in areas (usually rural) where the insect that transmits Chagas disease resides. Travellers who cannot avoid camping, sleeping outdoors, or staying in poor quality housing should sleep under insecticide-impregnated bed nets and tuck in the edges to protect against the insect bite.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Chagas Disease.

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