This disease of unknown French would have 300 000 victims in the United States, according to a statement issued today by the channel Press TV

With strong words, the channel Press TV broadcasts on May 31 that a report titled “The Chagas Disease concerned U.S. authorities” and does not hesitate to nickname, according to the terms of American doctors, the “new American AIDS” . Yet the report with AIDS seems difficult: the terrible disease is carried by an insect parasite hardly detectable. And when one realizes it is too late .

So what is Chagas Disease ?

According to the WHO website (World Health Organization), Chagas disease, also known as the American trypanosomiasis, is a potentially fatal disease caused by a protozoan, Trypanosoma cruzi (T. cruzi) . It occurs mainly in Latin America, where it is most often transmitted to humans by the faeces of triatomine bug, bugs variety of different names depending on geographic region.


An estimated 10 million people are infected worldwide, mostly in Latin America where Chagas disease is rampant endemic. Over 25 million people are exposed to the disease. In 2008, Chagas disease have killed more than 10,000 people. Its spread is mainly due to population mobility between Latin America and the world, and to a lesser extent, the infection through blood transfusion, vertical transmission (from infected mother to her child) or organ donation. The disease was named after Carlos Ribeiro Justiniano Chagas, the Brazilian doctor who discovered it in 1909.


Chagas disease occurs mainly in Latin America. However, in recent decades it has been detected more often in Canada, in many European countries, in some Western Pacific countries and the United States where it has already made 300 000 victims, as we tells Press TV channel today.

Attention to Chagas disease in the France

According to the BEH 10 June 2008, the emergence of human American trypanosomiasis, or Chagas disease, was confirmed in mainland France. While the prevalence and incidence of Chagas disease in Latin America have declined since the inter-country initiatives in the region framed by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and World Health Organization, 1991 to 2004, she was rarely seen in Europe until 2004.