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Epidemiologia e Serviços de Saúde

Print version ISSN 1679-4974On-line version ISSN 2237-9622

Abstract

DIAS, João Carlos Pinto et al. Brazilian Consensus on Chagas Disease, 2015. Epidemiol. Serv. Saúde [online]. 2016, vol.25, n.spe, pp.7-86. ISSN 1679-4974.  http://dx.doi.org/10.5123/s1679-49742016000500002.

Chagas disease is a neglected chronic condition that presents high morbidity and mortality burden, with considerable psychological, social, and economic impact. 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 collaboration and contribution of renowned Brazilian experts with vast knowledge and experience on various aspects of the disease. It is the result of close collaboration between the Brazilian Society of Tropical Medicine and the Ministry of Health. This document shall strengthen the development of integrated control measures 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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