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Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical

Print version ISSN 0037-8682On-line version ISSN 1678-9849

Abstract

DIAS, João Carlos Pinto et al. 2 nd Brazilian Consensus on Chagas Disease, 2015. Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop. [online]. 2016, vol.49, suppl.1, pp.3-60. ISSN 0037-8682.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/0037-8682-0505-2016.

Chagas disease is a neglected chronic condition with a high burden of morbidity and mortality. It has considerable psychological, social, and economic impacts. The disease represents a significant public health issue in Brazil, with different regional patterns. This document presents the evidence that resulted in the Brazilian Consensus on Chagas Disease. The objective was to review and standardize strategies for diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and control of Chagas disease in the country, based on the available scientific evidence. The consensus is based on the articulation and strategic contribution of renowned Brazilian experts with knowledge and experience on various aspects of the disease. It is the result of a close collaboration between the Brazilian Society of Tropical Medicine and the Ministry of Health. It is hoped that this document will strengthen the development of integrated actions against Chagas disease in the country, focusing on epidemiology, management, comprehensive care (including families and communities), communication, information, education, and research .

Keywords : Chagas disease; Epidemiology; Control; Diagnosis; Treatment; Health care; Consensus; Brazil.

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