Neglected tropical diseases

Paraguay interrupts vector transmission of Chagas in the home

7 August 2018 | Asuncion/Washington D.C, (PAHO/WHO) −− Paraguay has succeeded in interrupting the vector transmission of Trypanosoma cruzi in the home, the parasite that causes Chagas disease. This was verified last week by a group of international independent experts convened by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

There are now 18 countries in the region, including Paraguay, that have achieved this on a national level or in part of their national territory where the disease is endemic. In the Region of the Americas, there are 21 endemic countries. There are around 30,000 new cases of Chagas each year, and 14,000 people die as a result. In addition to this, there are more than 70,000 million people who live in areas where they are at risk of contracting the disease.

Given the social and economic conditions that Paraguay has faced throughout the years, the fact that the country has been able to eliminate one of the primary sources of infection, is a great example for other countries also fighting against this disease,” said Luis Roberto Escoto, PAHO representative in Paraguay

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