Acute Chagas Disease Outbreak among Military Personnel, Colombia, 2021

Hernán Darío Vergara, Carlos H. Gómez, Álvaro A. Faccini-Martínez, Ana Catalina Herrera, María José López, Camila Camacho, Lilian Muñoz, Lissa Cruz-Saavedra, Carolina Hernández, Juan David Ramírez

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We report an acute Chagas disease outbreak among soldiers in Colombia. Trypanosoma cruzi infection was confirmed through parasitology, serology, and molecular methods. Among 9 affected soldiers, 2 died; 7 were hospitalized and received benznidazole treatment, which produced favorable outcomes. Personnel patrolling rural areas in Colombia could be at increased risk for Chagas disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1882-1885
Number of pages4
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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