Published in Blood Weekly, July 3rd, 1995
Coping with the disease is costly and Bolivia, among the poorest nations in Latin America, lags behind other regional nations in its elimination.
Health experts say the parasite that causes the sickness - trypanosoma cruzi - is passed on in the fecal matter of the vinchuca beetle (Triatoma infestans), which reproduces in the unsanitary conditions of the slums.
Research by the National Health Secretariat has shown that 55 percent of Bolivia is infested,...
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