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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 99, No. 8, 2004, pp. 805-808
Bioline Code: oc04160
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
Document available free of charge

Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 99, No. 8, 2004, pp. 805-808

 en Seroprevalence of Trypanosoma cruzi Infection in French Guiana
Christine Aznar; Guy La Ruche; Stéphane Laventure; Bernard Carme; Pascale Liegeard & Mireille Hontebeyrie

Abstract

A survey was carried out on 1487 individuals to assess the seroprevalence of Trypanosoma cruzi infection in French Guiana. The overall prevalence of T. cruzi specific IgG was 0.5%. In multivariate analysis, residence in areas where housing is favorable for the presence of triatomine bugs was the only factor associated with the presence of T. cruzi antibodies. These results have implications for public health since blood donors are not routinely screened for T. cruzi infection in French Guiana.

Keywords
Trypanosoma cruzi - Chagas disease - seroprevalence - French Guiana

 
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