Urban outbreak of acute orally acquired Chagas disease in Táchira, Venezuela
Acute orally acquired Chagas disease (AOACD) has emerged as a significant threat in some countries of South America [1,2]. Until March 2013, at least four have reported outbreaks of acute orally acquired Chagas disease, specifically Brazil , Venezuela , Colombia  and Bolivia . Outbreaks are also likely occurring in Argentina and Ecuador, according to some old reports . In Venezuela, there have been at least three well-known epidemiological reports of AOACD, the first in 2007 at Caracas (Chacao) , the second in 2009 at Vargas  and the third in 2010 at Caracas (Antimano) . A common feature of these outbreaks is that they have affected predominantly children and have led to a high fatality rate among confirmed cases. Reports describing the investigation of these outbreaks are of high scientific and epidemiological significance; however, information on only the first outbreak has been published . For these reasons we report the findings of the fourth outbreak of AOACD that occurred in Venezuela, in Táchira state (Figure).
Posted August 28, 2013