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. 2010 Feb;70(1):38-42.

[Emergence of Chagas' Disease in Europe: Description of the First Cases Observed in Latin American Immigrants in Mainland France]

[Article in French]
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[Emergence of Chagas' Disease in Europe: Description of the First Cases Observed in Latin American Immigrants in Mainland France]

[Article in French]
M Develoux et al. Med Trop (Mars). .

Abstract

This article describes the first cases of imported Chagas' disease detected in Paris, France. A total of 18 cases were recorded in two teaching hospitals between 2004 and 2007. There were 12 women and six men with a mean age of 38 years. All patients were Latin American immigrants who had recently arrived in France from Bolivia (Cochabamba and Santa-Cruz departments) 17 cases and from Salvador in 1. Eleven patients presented an asymptomatic indeterminate form of the chronic disease. Seven presented chronic Chagas cardiomyopathy including two with severe symptoms requiring placement of a pacemaker. Obtaining serological tests to confirm the diagnosis was difficult. All except one patient who was older than 50 years were treated with benznidazole. Based on these findings, the main priorities for management imported Chagas' disease in France are improvement of serological diagnosis and prevention of vertical transmission.

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