The Challenge of Chagas

“Once you feel bad, this disease doesn’t give you more time”—that’s what it’s like to discover you have Chagas disease, explained one sufferer in Mexico.
He was lucky to find treatment—most cases in Mexico are never diagnosed.
The devastating neglected disease, which is mostly transmitted via the feces “of blood-sucking bugs,” can lead to an enlarged heart and sudden death.
Stamping out Chagas by 2030 is one of WHO’s goals—and a decade of work developing a vaccine is in a “very enthusiastic phase.”
One challenge: “Even on a good day we’re neglected compared to malaria and HIV/AIDs”—the pandemic has made things even tougher.
Thomson Reuters Foundation

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