Prevalence of Chagas Disease in the Latin American–born Population of Los Angeles

by Sheba K. Meymandi, Colin J. Forsyth, Jonathan Soverow et al.
Clin Infect Dis cix064 – Published: 12 February 2017

7 pp. 535 kB

According to an estimate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Chagas disease (CD) may affect 1.31% of Latin American immigrants in the United States, with >300 000 cases. However, there is a lack of real-world data to support this estimate. In the largest screening of CD in the United States to date outside of blood banks, the authors found a CD prevalence of 1.24%. This implies >30 000 people infected in Los Angeles County alone, making CD an important public health concern. Efficient, targeted surveillance of CD may accelerate diagnosis and identify candidates for early treatment.

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