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Chagas Now Confirmed To Be Spread By Food Handling

By Dr Patricia Doyle PhD
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Hello Jeff... Remember, some of these infected illegals who come to the US will be working in the food industry.  They pick our veggies and fruit as well as working in our food processing industry.  And how many handle our restaurant food as cooks, servers, waitstaff and bus boys?  Lots of them.  

Next time you eat at a restaurant, be sure to try to look in the kitchen area.  Also think about how many may be Chagas-infected and don't forget Chagas can now officially be transmitted via food.  How lucky do you feel?  

Published Date: 2018-12-18 05:53:58
Subject: PRO/AH/EDR> Trypanosomiasis (Chagas disease) - Brazil (03): (TO) foodborne
Archive Number: 20181218.6213413

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Date: Sun 16 Dec 2018
Source: Outbreak News Today [edited] chagas-14-infected-tocantins- linked-juice-made-bacaba- 27567/

The Tocantins State Department of Health in Central Brazil has reported 14 confirmed cases of Chagas disease after a family consumed contaminated juice in Aparecida do Rio Negro, according to a report [computer translated]. All the infected are from the same family and drank the juice of the bacaba, a type of palm tree from the Amazon. The farm where the juice was produced is in the rural area of Aparecida do Rio Negro. The entire region will go through a sanitary surveillance survey next week [week of 17 Dec 2018] to prevent further cases.

It is suspected that feces of the ["barbeiro" or barber bug], which transmits the disease, contaminated the juice. The family was gathered for the 2nd round of the general election and most do not live in the city.

Chagas disease is found mainly in endemic areas of 21 Latin American countries where infection is transmitted mostly by vectors to humans by contact with feces or urine of triatomine bugs (known as "kissing bugs", among many other popular names).

About 6 to 7 million people worldwide are estimated to be infected with _Trypanosoma cruzi_, the parasite that causes Chagas disease. There is no vaccine against Chagas disease. Control of vectors in homes and screening women of childbearing age and blood donors (to prevent placental transmission and transmission by transfusion) remain the most effective methods of preventing transmission in Latin America.