Sabin's Maria Elena Bottazzi says an estimated 300,000 people in the United States are living with Chagas disease.

"Non-endemic countries refer to locations in the world where the disease is transmitted by its importation from highly endemic Latin American countries. For this scientific event, the Revista Española de Salud Pública is preparing a series of supplemental publications to highlight the research and scientific information to be discussed during the workshop including the perspectives offered by the both the endemic and non-endemic countries.

For the United States (US), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are more than 300,000 Chagas infected individuals and one study in 2012 has reported at least 23 autochthonous cases. Furthermore, recent economic predictions estimate that approximately 1 billion dollars are lost annually in healthcare management, indicating that there is an urgent need to prioritize how the US should expand their national efforts for disease surveillance, treatment and prevention efforts."