First Report of Human Trypanosoma cruzi Infection Attributed to TcBat Genotype

J. D. Ramírez, C. Hernández, M. Montilla, P. Zambrano, A. C. Flórez, E. Parra, Z. M. Cucunubá

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Summary: Chagas disease is an endemic disease of the American continent caused by Trypanosoma cruzi and divided into six discrete typing units (TcI - TcVI). Nearly 10 million people harbour the infection representing a serious issue in public health. Epidemiological surveillance allowed us to detect a bat-related T. cruzi genotype (henceforth named TcBat) in a 5-year-old female living in a forest area in northwestern Colombia. Molecular tools determined a mixed infection of T. cruzi I and TcBat genotypes. This represents the first report of TcBat infection in humans; the epidemiological consequences of this finding are discussed herein.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)477-479
Number of pages3
JournalZoonoses and Public Health
Issue number7
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Epidemiology
  • General Immunology and Microbiology
  • General Veterinary
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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