- October 16, 2006 at 3:41 am #6007vak191bParticipant
One has been to Peru,Entered Andes mountain range,and he bought some special local product or sell some thing.And the money with Trypanosoma cruzi or with dejecta of insects that passed from local villigers to the triper.
Then he carry the money all the time,and he never minded the medium on the note paper.So when he eat something or do something other,can he catch Chagas disease into his body?If he go to a far country,and gave the note to some others,Were they in the dangers of infection of Chagas disease?
Just talk about it.I’m not a biologist,so please don’t laugh at me for my ingorance.
- October 16, 2006 at 8:16 am #56739honeevKeymaster
Chagas disease can be acquired through an insect vector, like trypanosome-carrying triatomine bugs… these bugs emerge at night to feed, a perfect time wen usually the host is in deep slumber… at the time of biting the bug also defecates 😯 , depositing the infective feces on the skin of the host. so that wen the host rubs the skin (as the feces causes that area to itch), T. cruzi now gets the chance to enter the host body thru open wounds, mouth or eyes.
However, gettng the disease thru currencies seems a bit unlikely… (UNless it got contaminated with the bugs feces then accidentally ingesting it… 🙄 ) Rather eating an unsanitary (uncooked) food directly contaminated with infective bug feces is more probable mode of acquiring/spreading that disease.. if by a chance that traveler came in contact with infective bug feces, and unknowingly ingested it, chances are, that traveler could be harboring the parasite.
other modes of transmission are by receiving infected blood transfusion, or congenitally..
- March 21, 2007 at 4:06 pm #70332DeniseParticipant
I recently returned from a trip to Placencia, Belize. One the third day I woke up with a swollen red area around my right eye. Later in the day I noticed a "C" shaped "burn" on my leg and an ovel shaped "burn" on my waste on my back. Later the same day I noticed my right knee appeared to be sunburned. The next day liquid blisters appeared on them and they begin to itch. A week later, they are no longer red, but look like large bruises and still itch. I have noticed a small rash on my wrist and one on my right elbow.
I visited my doctor and he couldn’t diagnose it. He referred me to a dermatologist and he didn’t know. I am going in for bloodwork today. Does this sound like Chagas Disease?
- March 21, 2007 at 6:01 pm #70336DarbyParticipant
Denise, your symptoms don’t match Chagas Disease at all.
Since trypanosomes do not form cystlike structures, their ability to survive any kind of drying environment would be very limited – transfer by money would be very unlikely. Usually, they depend upon contamination of the bite wounds with feces from the biter.
- March 21, 2007 at 6:32 pm #70339DeniseParticipant
Thanks to your quick response. Do you have any suggestions on what it could be? I was prescribed a topical steroid, but haven’t seen any changes. I never ran fever, vomited, or had a headache. I’ve looked up "Belize skin rashes" and found some similiaties, but no real solution or answer.
- March 22, 2007 at 11:19 pm #70419DarbyParticipant
No idea – with only those symptoms, there isn’t much that matches.
- March 30, 2015 at 9:50 am #115679CindySmithParticipant
"Kissing bugs" — or triatomine bugs — are blood-sucking insects that can transmit the life-threatening Chagas disease to humans.
Chagas is a little-known disease that’s getting more attention with the USA’s changing population.
"We have more and more immigrants coming who are at risk, there is no vaccine for Chagas disease.
Two drugs are available for treatment. These drugs have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, but the CDC makes them available under protocols to physicians who are caring for a Chagas patients.
There have always been triatomine bugs and cases of Chagas disease in the U.S., but the kissing bugs we have here don’t come into homes frequently like the more dangerous species in South and Central America do," senior dermatologists said in a press release. "I am much more concerned about the role of bed bugs. They are already here — in our homes, in our beds and in high numbers. What we found has thrown a wrench in the way I think about transmission, and where Chagas disease could emerge next.
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