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Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical

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MONTEIRO, Wuelton Marcelo et al. Series of acute Chagas' disease cases attended at a tertiary-level clinic in Manaus, State of Amazonas, from 1980 to 2006. Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop. [online]. 2010, vol.43, n.2, pp.207-210. ISSN 0037-8682.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0037-86822010000200021.

INTRODUCTION: Chagas disease is an emerging and neglected problem in the Brazilian Amazon region. METHODS: This study describes a series of acute autochthonous cases of Chagas disease that were attended at the Tropical Medicine Foundation of Amazonas, Manaus, between 1980 and 2006. RESULTS: Twenty-nine cases were recorded: 19 (65.5%) were male and 10 (34.5%) cases were female. Fifteen (51.7%) were isolated cases and 14 (48.3%) were from outbreaks. The commonest signs and symptoms were fever, fatigue, headache, myalgia, chills, pallor, dyspnea and edema of the face and lower limbs. No deaths were recorded. CONCLUSIONS: The disease occurred frequently among young people. The parasitological methods showed high sensitivity.

Keywords : Chagas disease; Acute cases; State of Amazonas.

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