Chagas Disease Research Paper

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Disease will always be prevalent across the world, there is no place where disease is non-existent and every single region across the world has its own varieties of diseases. Most of them are different, but they all have one thing in common, they destroy the life of a human by either bringing birth to acute symptoms or chronic ones and sometimes even death. Our focus though, will not be on every single region, but particularly in the tropics, home to malaria, hookworm, yellow fever, and most important of all Chagas disease. Chagas disease will be our only focus in the tropics and perhaps another day there will be time for the rest, but for now it will be Chagas. This disease has been neglected and at times thought of as weak in stature, but…show more content…
T.cruzi the parasite found in the bugs was actively at work and “cruzi” was named after Oswalda Cruz, Chagas great friend at the Institute of Oswalda Cruz in Brazil (Oswaldo Cruz 391). It was apparent though, that this disease was found in several poor areas across South America. Chagas actually believed it was a relatively poor disease that affected disgruntled areas. Chagas examined that this disease was very much capable of causing human suffering. It was understood that once you contracted the disease by the Triatominae bugs that symptoms would soon follow. Chagas disease was an acute and chronic disease that would destroy the human body from the inside out. Symptoms observed tended to be “anemia, physical decline, developmental retardation and impaired intelligence, infantilism, lymphadenopathy, hepato-splennomegaly, bouts of fever, palpebral edema and edema of other body parts” (Perleth 219). It was understood though, that people who tended to develop this disease to become chronic, affected the heart much more than any other part in the body, leading to heart…show more content…
Malaria for example was given recognition and Chagas disease was distorted as a myth; which lead to a more dominant spread of T.cruzi throughout the Latin America countries. Reason being why it was no longer believed was the fact that there were significant problems trying to diagnose Chagas disease in the chronic stages. This meant that men like “Kraus” believed that Chagas disease was not the culprit behind the chronic stages and even later named the disease instead as “parasitic thyroiditis” (Armus, 82). Rudolf Kraus was an experienced bacteriologist that came from Europe and moved later to Argentina. He was very jealous of Chagas and influenced others to betray him and instead provide information for Kraus. People distorted much of Chagas work and it must be noted that his own friends as well turned their back against him and feed jealous enemies like Kraus information about the disease and the several gaps that Chagas had yet to figure out. Although Chagas battled enemies such as Kraus, Figuerido, and others, he won and kept his recognition, but what happened was the fact that people no longer viewed him as having
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