Small outbreak of Chagas Disease in Carauari, Amazonas, Brazil

An outbreak of Chagas Disease involving 12 patients is being investigated in the municipality of Carauari. Last year, there were only 3 confirmed cases in the entire state.

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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