Book traces family's journey through Chagas disease


Parasites transmitted through triatomine or kissing bug bites affect some 300,000 US residents, according to the CDC, and cause cardiac problems in up to 30% of patients. The condition, called Chagas disease, is endemic in Latin America and responds to benznidazole if caught early, but most victims are poor, uninsured and don't get the care they need, says Daisy Hernandez, author of "The Kissing Bug: A True Story of a Family, an Insect, and a Nation's Neglect of a Deadly Disease."

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