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Trypanosoma cruzi screening in Texas blood donors, 2008–2012

  • M. N. GARCIA (a1), L. WOC-COLBURN (a1), S. N. ROSSMANN (a2), R. L. TOWNSEND (a3), S. L. STRAMER (a3), M. BRAVO (a4), H. KAMEL (a4), R. BEDDARD (a5), M. TOWNSEND (a6), R. OLDHAM (a6), M. E. BOTTAZZI (a1), P. J. HOTEZ (a1) and K. O. MURRAY (a1)...

Chagas disease is an important emerging disease in Texas that results in cardiomyopathy in about 30% of those infected with the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi. Between the years 2008 and 2012, about 1/6500 blood donors were T. cruzi antibody-confirmed positive. We found older persons and minority populations, particularly Hispanic, at highest risk for screening positive for T. cruzi antibodies during routine blood donation. Zip code analysis determined that T. cruzi is associated with poverty. Chagas disease has a significant disease burden and is a cause of substantial economic losses in Texas.

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*Author for correspondence: Mrs M. N. Garcia, MPH, 1102 Bates Avenue #550, Houston, TX 77030, USA. (Email: [M.N.G] (Email: [K.O.M.]
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Epidemiology & Infection
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