Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
Print version ISSN 0037-8682
On-line version ISSN 1678-9849
DIAS, Juarez Pereira et al. Acute Chagas disease outbreak associated with oral transmission. Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop. [online]. 2008, vol.41, n.3, pp.296-300. ISSN 0037-8682. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0037-86822008000300014.
Seven individuals living in a town in the Southwest of Bahia developed sudden signs of cardiac and systemic impairment, with lethality of 28.6%. Serological tests were positive at least in one test in the five patients examined. Forty percent of the Triatoma sordida mynphs found inside or around Trypanosoma cruzi were found by blood culturig in there out five cases the homes of these cases were positive for Trypanosoma cruzi. Transmission probably occurred through consumption of water contaminated with triatomine feces. These findings emphasize the necessity to evaluation the importance of vectors like Triatoma sordida in maintaining the endemicity of this disease.
Keywords : Acute Chagas disease; Trypanosoma cruzi; Triatoma sordida; Epidemiology; Outbreak.