Chagas Disease: Urgent Measures Are Needed
Dr. Peter Hotez says Chagas disease is an overwhelmingly hidden public health threat, affecting mostly people who are forgotten because of their extreme poverty.
"Global health topics are typically presented in the context of extreme poverty in sub-Saharan Africa or Asia. However, today approximately 100 million people in the Western Hemisphere also live on less than $2 per day. About 10 percent of these "bottom 100 million" currently live with a serious and life-threatening neglected disease known as Chagas disease or American trypanosomiasis.