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Risk of Chagas to Texas Hunters

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The overall goal of this study is to understand the risk of Chagas disease in hunters, a potentially high-risk population. We hope to understand how many people are infected and how they are getting infected. We are offering free testing to any hunter in Texas. Specifically, we are targeting hunters at state conventions, wildlife management association meetings, and public hunting lands.

If your wildlife management association or hunter group would like to have us give a community education talk or has any specific questions, please contact Dr. Sarah Gunter at sarah.murphy@bcm.edu or (832) 824-0830.

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Some Hunters are at High Risk for Exposure to Chagas Disease

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Researchers from the Laboratory for Zoonotic and Viral Diseases givee information and take blood samples from hunters at conventions around the state.
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Researchers from the National School of Tropical Medicine are offering educational material and free screening for Chagas disease at hunting conventions and gatherings across Texas. If you are a hunter who has seen kissing bugs in areas where you hunt or stay overnight in shelters or cabins, please consider getting tested. And wear gloves when field dressing!

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Potential novel risk factors for autochthonous and sylvatic transmission of human Chagas disease in the United States

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Article from the journal Parasites & Vectors by Garcia et al.

It's open access--read it here
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Knowledge, attitudes, and practices of Texas hunters: a potentially high-risk population for Chagas

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article by Garcia et al. from the journal Parasites and Vectors

It's open access--read it here