Some 300,000 in the U.S. have it. Many are afraid to come forward.
"There are a lot of people with Chagas disease, and a lot of bed bugs. They are in our houses, in our beds -- and in high
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?
While the disease is curable if it is caught early, the treatment is expensive and often stigmatizing, according to the PLoS
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.
"He scores perfect on a spelling test one week, then gets every word wrong the next week," adds Kristin, a nurse in Waukesha
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.