Some 300,000 in the U.S. have it. Many are afraid to come forward.
"The bigger issue is the incredibly exaggerated response to bed bugs both in terms of financial outlay, misuse of pesticides
The “Kissing Bug” disease has some 8 million people scared for their life in Latin America. The life-threatening illness is passed to people by the chagas bug.
It would be amazing and life-saving to turn this situation around in 2014. Chagas disease is silently devastating millions of people throughout the Americas -- we need to give a voice to those most in need.
Today the poorest people living in our nation still suffer from a group of diseases linked to extreme poverty, especially in the southern United States. Many of them will be afflicted with neglected tropical diseases. Are we ready?
"The 'globalization' of Chagas translates to up to 1 million cases in the US alone, with an especially high burden of disease
For expectant mothers, what makes Chagas disease especially harmful is that it can be passed to their unborn children, causing highly lethal congenital infections. However, few obstetricians are trained to recognize the signs of Chagas disease.
"When a disease occurs in a new area, we need to be quick to recognize and respond," Beard says. "The most important thing
It's not easy to introduce neglected tropical diseases, or NTDs, to first time audiences. The truth is they may be the most important diseases of girls and women you have never heard of.
Poor economic conditions have been known to increase the risk of disease. But only recently have diseases of poverty, mostly associated with countries outside the U.S., been recognized as a problem here at home.