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Journal of Tropical Medicine
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 789758, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/789758
Review Article

Human Chagas Disease and Migration in the Context of Globalization: Some Particular Aspects

René Rachou Research Center, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Avenida Augusto de Lima 1.715, Barro Preto, 30.190-002 Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil

Received 25 September 2012; Accepted 20 November 2012

Academic Editor: Maria Aparecida Shikanai Yasuda

Copyright © 2013 João Carlos Pinto Dias. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Human Chagas disease originated in Latin America, being spread around the world in relation with multiple bioecological, sociocultural, and political factors. The process of the disease production and dispersion is discussed, emphasizing the human migration and correlated aspects, in the context of globalization. Positive and negative consequences concern the future of this trypanosomiasis, mainly in terms of the ecologic and sociopolitical characteristics of the endemic and nonendemic countries.