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Chagas disease


* Not a rare disease
Other Names for this Disease
  • American trypanosomiasis
  • New world trypanosomiasis
  • South American trypanosomiasis
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Your Question

My mother is Brazilian and she has Chagas Disease. I would like to know if it is genetic and the chance that I or my children may have it.

Our Answer

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Is Chagas disease genetic?

No, Chagas disease is not genetically based.
Last updated: 3/14/2012

If my mother has Chagas disease, what is the chance that I or my children have it also?

Chagas disease is not genetic nor transmitted from person-to-person like a cold or the flu.  There are a few scenarios in which an infected relative may transmit the disease.  A pregnant woman can pass Chagas disease to her baby.   Additionally, an individual who is infected with Chagas disease who then donates blood or organs can infect the recipient.[1]
Last updated: 3/14/2012