Chagas’ disease

An infectious parasitic disease found only in parts of South and Central America that is spread by insects commonly called cone-nosed or assassin bugs. The parasites live in the bloodstream and can affect the heart, intestines, and nervous system. Symptoms include swelling of the lymph nodes and fever. Long-term complications include damage to the heart. The drug nifurtimox kills the parasites in the blood but has unpleasant side effects.


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