78.8 F
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

In 1 week, 2 dozen cases of Chagas found in Yucatan

'Kissing bug' cases spike without warning

Latest headlines

Pig farm accused of hiding cenotes and filling them in with cement

A pig farm in the municipality of Homún is being accused of filling in and hiding two cenotes from environmental authorities. 

New augmented reality app tells the story of Mérida’s iconic corner plaques

Mérida´s municipal government is launching a new mobile phone application to tell the story of the city’s iconic Centro corner plaques.

Tortas in the Park: Family carries on the tradition for 63 years 

Taqueria Don Beto in Parque Las Américas. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht Strolling through charming Parque de...

Kankí, the Maya city where the stone eyes of ancient gods burn as hot as the sun

Kankí may be only 10 miles or so from the Mérida-Campeche highway, but feels a world away.
Yucatán Magazine
Yucatán Magazine has the inside scoop on living here. Sign up to get our top headlines delivered to your inbox every week.
Chagas is transmitted by Triatominae bugs. Photo: Getty

Merida, Yucatan — The states official epidemiological bulletin reports 24 new cases of Chagas between Feb. 3 and 9.

In the month of February, 27 cases have been reported in total to date.

A year ago, the Autonomous University of Yucatán received a 6-million-peso grant for vaccine research to combat the insidious parasitic disease that infects thousands in 21 Latin American countries.

The disease is caused by the nocturnal insect Triatoma dimidiata, known localy as “pic” and to English-speakers as “kissing bugs.”

Chagas is a potentially deadly parasitic condition caused by the microorganism Trypanosoma cruzi. It is also transmitted to humans by blood transfusions, organ transplants and contaminated foods.

The spike was sudden. January saw just three cases and in all of 2018, 62 Chagas cases were reported in Yucatan.

About 7 million to 8 million people worldwide are estimated to be infected with the potentially deadly parasite.

The insects that spread Chagas are called “kissing bugs” because they like biting sleeping humans around their lips and faces.

Most victims do not know they are infected. The disease is generally considered to be mild or even asymptomatic, but a recent study has found that deaths connected to the infection are much more common than previously understood.

The disease disproportionately affects poor communities.

The disease was first described in 1909 by the Brazilian physician Carlos Chagas.

Sources: Outbreak News Today, archives

- Advertisement -

Subscribe Now!

More articles

Court sets limits for ‘racist’ immigration checkpoints in Mexico

Mexican soldiers review documents at a Zacatecas checkpoint in March. Photo: Pedro Pardo / AFP via Getty Images

You won’t miss the meat or dairy in these recipes from Yucatán

Vegan, vegetarian and plant-based lifestyles are easy to enjoy, despite living in meat-centric Yucatán.  Now that we’ve listed our...

Yucatán COVID patient 1st to die in 49 days

Coronavirus cases rose steadily in a week that ended with Yucatán's first COVID fatality since April 2. A...

Expats in Mexico face impossible deadline to comply with new tax law

Taxpayers in Mérida wait for their numbers to be called at the SAT office. Photo: File A tax...

What is the Loop Current and how does it affect hurricanes on the Yucatán Peninsula?

A current of warm tropical water is looping unusually far into the Gulf of Mexico for this time of year, with the power to turn tropical storms into monster hurricanes.

Izamal revamps its infrastructure while seeking investment

A walking tour of Izamal includes Mayor Warnel May Escobar and Yucatán Gov. Mauricio Vila Dosal. Photo: Courtesy

Mexico looks to its southern neighbors for investment and international cooperation

Historically Mexico’s economic footprint regarding its neighbors to the south has been negligible at best, aside from a few large corporations such as Banco Azteca and Bimbo. 

Activists in Mérida observe International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

Trans pride flag flies over the Monumento a la Patria on Paseo de Montejo. Photo: Courtesy Jornada Maya

The Most Famous Mexican Mathematicians

Photo by Nothing Ahead via Pexels By James Collins The subject of mathematics can be...

Mexico’s COVID-19 vaccine contracts to remain a state secret until 2025

The true cost of Mexico’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign will not be known until well after the next round of federal elections....