Rev Esp Quimioter 2013:26(3):253-260
Control of Chagas disease in pregnant Latin-American women and her children
FRANCISCO J MERINO, ROCÍO MARTÍNEZ-RUIZ, ICIAR OLABARRIETA, PALOMA MERINO, SILVIA GARCÍA-BUJALANCE, TERESA GASTAÑAGA, MARÍA FLORES-CHAVEZ, GRUPO DE ESTUDIO DE LA ENFERMEDAD DE CHAGAS DE LA COMUNIDAD DE MADRID
Chagas disease is a chronic and systemic infection caused by Trypanosoma cruzi. According to estimates from WHO, 10 million people are affected by this parasite. In the last years, birthrate among the immigrant women from Latin America settled in the Comunidad Autónoma de Madrid has been increasing, and as T. cruzi can be transmitted from mother to child, in fact 11 cases of congenital Chagas disease have been confirmed. Therefore, the aim of this paper is encouraging improvements in the coverage of the anti-T. cruzi antibodies detection in pregnant women from endemic areas. By this strategy, an active search for infected pregnant women and early detection of her infected newborns could be conducted, and then an early specific treatment could be administrated. Thus, there could be an important contribution to the control of Chagas disease in non-endemic area.
Rev Esp Quimioter 2013:26(3):253-260 [pdf]