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Humble Rural Housing at Risk of Chagas Disease, Central America

The following photographs depict the type of poor rural housing that perpetuates the propagation of vectors of the Triatominae family (chinches). The contaminated feces of these insects is the cause of Trypanosoma cruzi infection when they feed upon humans, and the cause of American Trypanosomiasis (Chagas Disease). 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 Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) working in collaboration with IPCA. Clicking on the image will take the user to the photo in its original size.

adobe dwelling
Adobe dwelling
straw house
House of straw
infested house, T. dimidiata
Infested house,
Triatoma dimidiata
infested house, R. prolixus
Infested house,
Rhodnius prolixus

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