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Charles Darwin, Chagas’ disease, and the killer kissing bugs of California

By: John Ross, MD, FIDSA, Contributing Editor, Harvard Health Publications It is possible, although very unusual, to get Chagasí disease in the United States. The medical journal Open Forum Infectious Diseases recently reported a case of Chagasí disease acquired in California. A healthy 19-year-old student from the greater Los Angeles area donated blood, and tested positive for Chagasí disease. (Blood donations in the United States are routinely screened for Chagasí disease, as it is…

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