Doença de Chagas: Cartão Amarelo na Copa do Mundo 2014

Com a Copa do Mundo mais cara da história prestes a começar no Brasil, um “cartão amarelo” deve ser erguido em campo por uma das mais graves ameaças à saúde pública da América Latina: os nove países latino-americanos participantes do mundial contam com aproximadamente 6 milhões de habitantes altamente vulneráveis que não recebem tratamento para a mais debilitante doença tropical negligenciada.

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Enfermedad de Chagas: tarjeta amarilla en el Mundial de Fútbol 2014

Mientras el Mundial de Fútbol más costoso de la historia está por comenzar en Brasil, una de las amenazas más graves a la salud pública en América Latina continúa: casi 6 millones de las personas más vulnerables, que viven en los nueve países de la región que participan del torneo, no reciben tratamiento para la enfermedad tropical olvidada más debilitante. Es por esto que una “tarjeta amarilla” debe ser levantada como advertencia.

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Chagas Disease: A 2014 World Cup Yellow Card

As the most expensive World Cup ever is set to begin in Brazil, a “yellow card” warning must be raised about one of Latin America’s most serious public health threats: Almost 6 million of the most vulnerable people living in the nine participating Latin American countries today do not receive treatment for their most debilitating neglected tropical disease.

Chagas disease is a leading cause of severe and life-threatening heart disease of the extreme poor in the Americas and gradually is becoming a disease that affects all social classes around the world. It is caused by a microscopic parasite known as a trypanosome that can be transmitted to humans when they are bitten by blood-feeding “kissing bugs” at night. Trypanosomes have the ability to invade human hearts and cause severe cardiac damage.

The disease affects mainly people who live in poverty, mostly because their poor-quality houses allow the “kissing bug” vector to thrive in the cracks and crevices of mud, brick and thatch. Throughout South and Central America it strikes those who live in squalor often not far from nearby areas of great wealth. Read the rest of the article here