Urbanization of chagas disease in Peru: experiences in prevention and control


  • César Náquira Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. Lima, Perú. Proyecto Chagas. Arequipa, Perú.




Chagas disease, Urbanization, Migration, Peru


In Peru, Chagas disease has an epidemiological significance in three macro-regions, one of them is the southern macroregion formed by the departments of Arequipa, Moquegua and Tacna. In 1965 a successful control was performed by house spraying insecticides, however, the persistence of the vector made it necessary for a second control plan that was implemented in 2000 and followed the guidelines of CONAL Plan, based on the elimination of Triatoma infestans and screening in blood banks.This plan was successful in Tacna and Moquegua, therefore these departments were considered free of vectorial transmission by the Pan American Health Organization. A ssimilar situation has not been achieved in the department of Arequipa because of the presence, among other factors, of rural migration to the city, in this way the urbanization of Chagas disease is a new epidemiological scenario of which we need to know more.


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Náquira C. Urbanization of chagas disease in Peru: experiences in prevention and control. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica [Internet]. 2014 Jul. 2 [cited 2024 May 29];31(2). Available from: https://rpmesp.ins.gob.pe/index.php/rpmesp/article/view/56