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Chagas disease is caused by a parasite called Trypansoma cruzi. This parasite is spread by bugs called triatomines. 20-40% of infected individuals will develop life-threatening heart and digestive system disorders. To prevent bug bites, we need to help people build healthier homes.”

Mario Grijalva, Director del Instituto de Enfermedades Infecciosas y Tropicales de la Universidad de Ohio, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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When the bug would bite us, we’d scratch using both hands. And we didn’t know we could be infecting ourselves. My grandma died, and Dr. Mario said Chagas disease causes the heart and organs to grow. My grandma did have problems with her heart being too big.”

Doris Correa, Bellamaría community member

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