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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 109, No. 1, 2014, pp. 122-130
Bioline Code: oc14017
Full paper language: English
Document type: Discussion
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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 109, No. 1, 2014, pp. 122-130

 en Interruption of vector transmission by native vectors and “the art of the possible”
Salvatella, Roberto; Irabedra, Pilar & Castellanos, Luis G


In a recent article in the Reader’s Opinion, advantages and disadvantages of the certification processes of interrupted Chagas disease transmission (American trypanosomiasis) by native vector were discussed. Such concept, accepted by those authors for the case of endemic situations with introduced vectors, has been built on a long and laborious process by endemic countries and Subregional Initiatives for Prevention, Control and Treatment of Chagas, with Technical Secretariat of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization, to create a horizon target and goal to concentrate priorities and resource allocation and actions. With varying degrees of sucess, which are not replaceable for a certificate of good practice, has allowed during 23 years to safeguard the effective control of transmission of Trypanosoma cruzi check for this species in other resources not to hundreds of thousands, but millions of people at risk conditions, truly “the art of the possible.”

Chagas disease; vector control; interruption of transmission; certification; human infection; prevention

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