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Victims of Household Infestation: Chagas Disease in Central America

The following photographs depict a severe case of American Trypanosomiasis (Chagas Disease), transmitted by vectors of the Triatominae family. These insects hide in the walls and thatched roofs of humble dwellings of substandard quality or in adjacent structures, thus putting the occupants at risk. To protect people living under such conditions, the vectors must be eliminated through spraying the affected areas and improving the overall quality of housing.

Photos courtesy of IPCA, Initiative of Central American Countries to Interrupt Vectoral and Trasfusional Transmission of Chagas Disease, and of the technical team of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA / Japanese International Cooperation Agency) working in collaboration with IPCA. Clicking on the image will take the user to the photo in its original size.

Young victim
chinche que pica
Chinche biting human
familia rural
Rural family in at-risk housing
vivienda rural
Vulnerable rural dwelling

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