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Epidemiology

  • Worldwide 8 million people are infected and at least 50,000 die each year
  • Endemic in Mexico, Central and South America
  • In the U.S., more than 300,000 people are infected
  • Most of them aquired the disease in endemic countries where 100 million persons in Latin America are at risk
  • Poor housing conditions especially in rural areas attract the reduviid bug--thatched roofs and mud walls
  • Infections can also be aquired by blood transfusions, organ transplantation and congenitally