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5 Facts you should know about

Chagas disease

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A tropical parasitic disease caused by Trypanosoma cruzi

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It is spread mostly by insects known as Triatominae, or "kissing bugs"

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In the early stage, symptoms are typically either not present or mild, and may include fever, swollen lymph nodes, headaches, or swelling at the site of the bite

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The disease may also be spread through blood transfusion, organ transplantation, eating food contaminated with the parasites, and vertical transmission

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Up to 45% of people with chronic infection develop heart disease 10–30 years after the initial illness, which can lead to heart failure

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