First case of Chagas Disease this year in Amazonas, Brazil

An 8 month old infant is the first case of Chagas Disease diagnosed in Amazonas this year. The child came from Nova Olinda do Norte, about 135 km from Manaus.

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Advice For Travellers

Sporadic cases of Chagas Disease occur in this state. Although the risk for travellers is very low, travellers should be aware that the insect that causes Chagas Disease lives in unkempt housing (cracks in the walls or ceiling), as well as in various areas outdoors, such as rock, wood, or brush piles, beneath bark or porches, animal burrows, chicken coops or dog houses. The insect bites at night. There is no vaccine to protect against Chagas disease.

The risk to travellers 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 Chagas Disease occurs. 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.

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