Via El Universal, a February 4 report: As many as 334 events of Chagas disease are confirmed in Venezuela in 2014. Excerpt:
Chagas disease has been added to the list of ailments with a significant outbreak throughout Venezuela. According to the Ministry of Health, only in the first three weeks of 2014, 334 events of the dangerous infection were recorded.
For instance, the week of January 12-18, 175 cases of the infection caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, an astronomical growth compared with four events recorded the same term in 2013.
In one week only, the same number of cases as all the cases accumulated last year was reached, as shown in the Epidemiology Bulletin N 3 of the Ministry of Health.
Children were the most affected ones, with 56% out of the total number of events in the third week of January. The number of infected pediatric patients in the previous weeks is unknown, as the official report did not notify it.