Saturday, June 2, 2012

Is There An Undetected Chagas Pandemic?

Chagas Disease: Poverty, Immigration, and the ‘New HIV/AIDS’:
The issue with Chagas isn’t only that its primary victims represent an undetected public health and healthcare burden; when they do not know they are infected, they can become a source of infection as well. The protozoan can pass from mother to child during pregnancy, causing congenital Chagas; and when infected people donate blood or become organ donors, the protozoan hitches a ride. The earliest cases of Chagas in New York City, back in the 1980s, were transmitted by transfusion. There’s been an FDA-approved test for Chagas in donated blood for just two years. The latest map from AABB (formerly the American Association of Blood Banks), showing where positive donations have been identified, vividly demonstrates how the disease has spread.

… A third paper, published two years ago in PLoS NTD, argues that Chagas is now endemic in Texas, traveling from Triatoma species through dogs and into people — and is going undetected because blood-donation screening is not mandatory in the state and physicians are not required to report the disease’s occurrence to health authorities. (Chagas in fact is only reportable in a handful of states.) …
When I read "new HIV/AIDS" and "undetected" in the context of pathogens, I become reminded of the XMRV fraud creative accounting by Mikovits/Ruscetti. The whole fear-mongering is just so similar to XMRV. And the reckless compassionate "Chronic Lyme" diagnosis by so called "Lyme Literate Medical Doctors (LLMD)" comes to my mind.

But then again, there might actually be an Chagas pandemic. And I know how ME/CFS has been treated by the health authorities.

And the AABB results are different from the XMRV wild goose chase – there seems to actually be something to find, unlike XMRV.

I wonder how many more "undetected" disease are out there…

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