Chagas disease is a deadly parasitic disease rife throughout Latin America. Since Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the health authorities instituted a treatment program, 43,000 people in Oaxaca State now have access to care for the disease.
Chagas disease is a parasitic illness transmitted by the bite of the vinchuca bug; it is found almost exclusively in the Americas. Without treatment, Chagas can eventually progress to fatally damaging the heart, and the nervous and digestive systems. A neglected disease, many people never learn that they have Chagas. Those who do face onerous treatment - there has been little research and development for better drugs.