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A Tropical Disease Hits the Road

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Science  19 Aug 2011:
Vol. 333, Issue 6045, pp. 934
DOI: 10.1126/science.333.6045.934

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Generally considered one of the many neglected tropical diseases, Chagas disease has been drawing increased attention (see main text), which some attribute to its growth outside of Latin America. Spain and the United States are seeing the highest incidence among developed countries, but there have been cases as far afield as Switzerland and Japan. The main reason for this rise isn't the spread of insects carrying Trypanosoma cruzi but rather emigration from Latin America of large numbers of people who are already infected.