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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Chagas' Disease As A Foodborne Illness
Author: Pereira K.S.
Schmidt F.L.
Guaraldo A.M.A.
Franco R.M.B.
Dias V.L.
Passos L.A.C.
Abstract: Various researchers have studied the importance of the oral transmission of Chagas' disease since the mid-20th century. Only in recent years, due to an outbreak that occurred in the Brazilian State of Santa Catarina in 2005 and to various outbreaks occurring during the last 3 years in the Brazilian Amazon basin, mainly associated with the consumption of Amazonian palm berry or açaí (Euterpe oleracea Mart.) juice, has this transmission route aroused the attention of researchers. Nevertheless, reports published in the 1960s already indicated the possibility of Chagas' disease transmission via food in Brazil, mainly in the Amazonian region. Recently, in December 2007, an outbreak of Chagas' disease occurred in Caracas, Venezuela, related to ingestion of contaminated fruit juices. The objective of this article is to point out the importance of foodborne transmission in the etiology of Chagas' disease, on the basis of published research and Brazilian epidemiology data. Copyright ©, international Association for Food Protection.
Rights: fechado
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Date Issue: 2009
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