First Report of Human Trypanosoma cruzi Infection Attributed to TcBat Genotype Academic Article


  • Zoonoses and Public Health


  • Summary: Chagas disease is an endemic disease of the American continent caused by Trypanosoma cruzi and divided into six discrete typing units (TcI - TcVI). Nearly 10 million people harbour the infection representing a serious issue in public health. Epidemiological surveillance allowed us to detect a bat-related T. cruzi genotype (henceforth named TcBat) in a 5-year-old female living in a forest area in northwestern Colombia. Molecular tools determined a mixed infection of T. cruzi I and TcBat genotypes. This represents the first report of TcBat infection in humans; the epidemiological consequences of this finding are discussed herein.

publication date

  • 2014-11-1


  • 61


  • Chagas Disease
  • Chagas disease
  • Chiroptera
  • Coinfection
  • Colombia
  • Endemic Diseases
  • Forests
  • Genotype
  • Infection
  • Public Health
  • Trypanosoma cruzi
  • endemic diseases
  • genotype
  • infection
  • mixed infection
  • monitoring
  • public health

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1863-1959

number of pages

  • 3

start page

  • 477

end page

  • 479