World Chagas Disease Day

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World Chagas Disease Day
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World Chagas Disease Day

World Chagas Disease Day is an annual global health initiative observed on April 14th. The primary objective of this day is to heighten awareness and acknowledgment of the neglected tropical disease.

Chagas disease, caused by the parasitic organism Trypanosoma cruzi, impacts 6–7 million people worldwide. It is transmitted to humans and animals through insect vectors. Named after Brazilian physician Carlos Chagas, who identified it in 1909, the disease is exclusive to the Americas, particularly affecting rural regions of Latin America characterized by widespread poverty.