Sporadic cases of Chagas Disease reported in the state of Pará, Brazil

This year, sporadic cases of Chagas Disease have been reported by many localities in the state of Pará. So far, 88 cases have been confirmed with about one-quarter of the cases reported in the city of Belém.

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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