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FLOREZ, Carolina et al. Chagas disease and its seroprevalence in three departments of the Colombian Amazon. Nova [online]. 2016, vol.14, n.26, pp.35-43. ISSN 1794-2470.

Objective. To estimate the prevalence of Chagas disease in population from Vaupés, Amazonas and Guaviare, three departments of the Colombian amazon. Risk factors were also assessed. Methods. For estimating seroprevalence, 3429 serum samples were taken according to a three-stage conglomerate sampling for each department. Those samples were analyzed in the Parasitology Laboratory of the National Health Institute (INS), through ELISA and IFAT techniques. Results. The prevalence for Amazonas, Guaviare and Vaupés departments was 0,09%, 2,07% and 0,79%, respectively. Those results will allow health policy makers towards prevention of Chagas disease.

Keywords : Chagas disease; seroprevalence; Trypanosoma cruzi; Amazon.

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