What's Hiding in Açaí

Artisanal açaí juice is key to the northern Brazilian diet and economy, but a new study bolsters signs it is a source of oral transmission of Chagas disease in the area.
The research, published in the CDC’s Emerging Infectious Diseases, suggested that people can contract the disease, which is transmitted by triatomine bugs, when the insect vector or its feces mixes with the fruit.
Although artisanal preparation is regulated in northern Brazil, better training for açaí processors is key, Angela Junqueira, a Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases of IOC-Fiocruz biologist, explained.

Exported juice, which is pasteurized, poses no risk.

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