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Acute Chagas' cardiopathy in a polar bear (Ursus maritimus) in Guadalajara, Mexico

We report a 24 year old female polar bear (Ursus maritimus) who contracted Chagas' infection at the Guadalajara Zoo, in Jalisco, México, and died of acute Chagas' carditis 15 days later. The histopathological findings are described, as well as the presence of triatomines (Triatoma longipennis Usinger) infected with Trypanosoma cruzi collected within 5 meters from the place where the animal lived in the city of Guadalajara.

Chagas' carditis; Ursus maritimus; American trypanosomiasis

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