Closely linked with poverty, Chagas Disease has sadly become known as the “Poor People’s Disease”. Chagas has two phases: acute and chronic.

The first phase can occur without any symptoms or with very mild symptoms. The disease decreases in intensity after the acute phase and can become chronic without presenting any subsequent symptoms for many years. When symptoms finally emerge, they appear as cardiomyopathy and digestive disorders.

Patients can have congestive heart failure and the first digestive disorder symptom can be difficulty in swallowing, which can lead to malnutrition. Patients with a parasitic infection in the colon can experience abdominal pain and constipation. Cardiac disease is, in general, the cause of death of the patient.

Source: ESF and Clínica Dam in Madrid