Date: July 16, 2019

Mainly cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Risk of a thunderstorm this afternoon. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40. High 29. Humidex 37. UV index 7 or high.

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Feels like 36C

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Chagas Disease

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What is it?

  • an infectious disease caused by a tiny parasite
  • symptoms: fever, general malaise, enlarged liver & lymph nodes, and inflammation at the site of the bite (chagona)
  • about 10% may develop permanent damage to the heart, digestive system and central nervous system
  • especially dangerous for those with weakened immune systems

How is it spread?

  • a bite from the night biting "kissing bug"
  • frequently found in thatched roof huts
  • blood transfusions or contaminated medical equipment
  • prenatally from an infected mother

Treatment?

  • medication to relieve pain and reduce fever and inflammation
  • no current cure

Prevention?

  • use bed nets and insect repellents at night
  • use insecticide sprays in sleeping areas

Where found?

  • Mexico
  • Central and South America
  • possible spread into the southern U.S.A.