Surveillance of Chagas disease (American trypanosomiasis)

Learn how American trypanosomiasis is monitored.

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How many cases are there of American trypanosomiasis in Canada?

In Canada, there have only been 2 reported cases of American trypanosomiasis. Both cases were related to blood transfusions.

How many cases are there of American trypanosomiasis around the world?

In the U.S., there have been reported cases from:

  • organ transplants
  • blood transfusions

American trypanosomiasis has an annual incidence of about 28,000 cases in the Americas. Per year, it:

  • affects about 6 to 8 million people
  • causes, on average, about 12,000 deaths

An estimated 65 million people in the Americas:

  • live in areas where they could be exposed to infected triatomine bugs
  • are at risk of contracting this disease
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