High-Resolution Molecular Typing of Trypanosoma cruzi in 2 Large Outbreaks of Acute Chagas Disease in Colombia Academic Article


  • © 2016 The Author.Oral transmission of Trypanosoma cruzi has gained relevance because of its association with high morbidity and lethality rates. This transmission route is responsible for maintaining the infection of the parasite in sylvatic cycles, and human cases have been associated mainly with the consumption of food contaminated with triatomine feces or didelphid secretions. Several ecological changes allow the intrusion of sylvatic reservoirs and triatomines to the domestic environments with subsequent food contamination. Here, high-resolution molecular tools were used to detect and genotype T. cruzi across humans, reservoirs, and insect vectors in 2 acute outbreaks of presumptive oral transmission in eastern Colombia.

publication date

  • 2016/10/15


  • 214


  • Acute Disease
  • Chagas Disease
  • Colombia
  • Disease Outbreaks
  • Feces
  • Food
  • Food Contamination
  • Genotype
  • Insect Vectors
  • Molecular Typing
  • Morbidity
  • Parasitic Diseases
  • Trypanosoma cruzi

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-1899

number of pages

  • 3

start page

  • 1252

end page

  • 1255