Most People Living With Chagas In U.S. Do Not Access Treatment Because Of Stigma, Lack Of Health Care Access

HuffPost: While America Ignores A Disease Bigger Than Zika, Its Victims Remain Invisible
“…Chagas is a deeply misunderstood disease that affects about eight million people around the world, primarily in Latin America, and is responsible for 10,000 deaths a year, according to the World Health Organization. It is estimated that 300,000 people in the United States have it, per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. … A majority of people with Chagas in the U.S. likely acquired it in one of 21 Latin-American countries … Research suggests many of the most at-risk people probably won’t get care for the disease in America…” (Smith, 8/29).

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