Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Blog 10 - Argentina

Blog #10 - Argentina

In Argentina there is a deadly disease called Chagas. It is spreading quickly and I bet this is the first time you have every heard of it because it definitely was mine. Chagas is a parasitic disease that is from the vinchuca bug bite. A Vinchuca which is also called the Mexican Bug or the Kissing Bug. The villagers describe the disease as the “muerte subita” or rapid death. The disease eats away at cardiac muscle and eventually the victims heart ruptures. As well as the cardiac muscle in can also eat away at the intestinal wall which can result in massive internal bleeding. In adults it is incurable but is not always fatal. Though it is not always fatal it always affects the way of life and impossible to live a normal life.
            Chagas affects 15million people and most are in Latina America. The article even stated that 50,000 die each year due to the disease. Also with the development  of countries there is migration from rural to urban life. With these moves the disease is moving as well.  The affected are often not treated until the disease already is affecting daily functions. A person interviewed from this region speaks of a friend who had Chagas. One issue they pointed out was the ignorance of the public about the deadly disease. He produced a documentary in order to show the world the threat.
            This is very interesting because I literally look up diseases weekly yet I have never heard about this. This is definitely a social/political issue that is being ignored because there is no profit in being a part of the issue. 50,000 people dying are, tremendous number and this is the first article I have seen about it. When there was one death in the United States from bird flu every media source had a story. This is extremely sad because these are valuable lives being lost and seemingly no help in sight. This is a social issue and the Worth Health Organization should at the least be raising awareness.

Latina Brooks

April 18, 2013 3:33AM


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