Salud Pública de México
versão impressa ISSN 0036-3634
LOZANO-KASTEN, Felipe et al. Epidemiologic knowledge and current situation of Chagas disease in the state of Jalisco, Mexico. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2008, vol.50, n.6, pp. 508-515. ISSN 0036-3634. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0036-36342008000600012.
Chagas disease in the state of Jalisco, Mexico was described for the first time in 1967; however, knowledge on the disease remains in a slow process. Between 1967 and 2006, the disease was described in its acute and chronic forms. The vector species have been identified, and the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi has been isolated and genetically characterized. Also, the magnitude of the infection in humans has been determined through serological studies of different populations as well as of blood donors. The up-to-dateness of knowledge of the disease in the state of Jalisco, unveils a necessity of increased research on the epidemiology of Chagas disease as well as on clinical studies to assess the health of individuals and the populations.
Palavras-chave : Chagas disease; pathology; epidemiology; etiology; Jalisco; Mexico.