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World Chagas Disease Day is observed on 14 April
World Chagas Disease Day is observed on 14 April

The disease is common in places where the triatomine bug transmits the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi. These places include South America, Central America, and Mexico.

14 April 2020 Current Affairs:World Chagas Disease Day is observed on 14 April every year. The day aims to raise the visibility and public awareness of people with Chagas Disease and the resources needed for the prevention, control or elimination of the disease.

Chagas disease:
Chagas disease, also known as American trypanosomiasis. The disease is common in places where the triatomine bug transmits the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi. These places include South America, Central America, and Mexico.
Symptoms: The disease can cause swelling and fever. It can be long-lasting. If the disease is left untreated, it can cause congestive heart failure.
Treatment: Chagas disease can be treated by taking medication that kills the parasite and on managing symptoms.

Background:
The first case of Chagas disease was confirmed in a Brazilian girl named Berenice Soares de Moura by Dr. Carlos Ribeiro Justiniano Chagas on 14 April 1909. The Chagas community commemorated 14 April as an unofficial day dedicated to people affected by the disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared April 14 as World Chagas Disease Day during the 72nd World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.