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Chagas disease in Europe: A long way to go

Published:September 23, 2017DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejim.2017.09.022
      We appreciate the comments by Ramos to our review on Chagas' disease (CD) in Europe [
      • Ramos J.M.
      Chagas diseases: opportunity for internists.
      ,
      • Antinori S.
      • Galimberti L.
      • Bianco R.
      • Grande R.
      • Galli M.
      • Corbellino M.
      Chagas disease in Europe: a review for the internist in the globalized world.
      ]. We congratulate the Author and his group for the efforts made to identify people of Latin American (LA) origin who are infected by Trypanosoma cruzi and unaware of it using creative strategies.. Indeed, our intention was precisely to raise the attention of the medical community in Europe working out our specialty (i.e., Infectious Diseases) to the growing problem of CD in all its protean manifestations (Fig. 1). Our wake up call was especially, but not exclusively, addressed to the Countries having the highest number of LA immigrants.
      Fig. 1
      Fig. 1Clinical algorithm with bidirectional involvement between different specialists and Infectious Diseases specialist for the management of Latin American people with suspected or confirmed Chagas disease.
      LA = Latin American: PCR = polymerase chain reaction.

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