Why is the Tropical Disease Chagas, Common in Bolivia, Concerning Scientists?

Chagas is a tropical disease, somewhat common in Bolivia, that usually results from being bitten by the "vinchucha" bug. There is no cure for chagas. Scientists now warn it could become the new "Aids of the Americas". The following article was published on May 31, 2012 by Yahoo News:

Chagas, a tropical disease spread by insects, is causing some fresh concern following an editorial—published earlier this week in a medical journal—that called it "the new AIDS of the Americas."

More than 8 million people have been infected by Chagas, most of them in Latin and Central America. But more than 300,000 live in the United States.

The editorial, published by the Public Library of Science's Neglected Tropical Diseases, said the spread of the disease is reminiscent of the early years of HIV.

"There are a number of striking similarities between people living with Chagas disease and people living with HIV/AIDS," the authors wrote, "particularly for those with HIV/AIDS who contracted the disease in the first two decades of the HIV/AIDS epidemic."
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Source: Yahoo News, The Lookout. 31 May 2012

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