By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

At least nine cases of Chagas disease were reported in the Pratinha neighborhood in Belém, informed the Municipal Health Secretariat (Sesma). Confirmation was made by the Evandro Chagas Institute (IEC) and the suspicion is that residents have ingested contaminated açaí.

“All patients report having consumed açaí before showing the characteristic signs and symptoms of the disease”, informed the city hall.

In the entire city of Belém, there are 11 cases of the disease reported through mid-November. In addition to the confirmed cases, other cases are under investigation, according to the city hall, which did not detail how many.

“The Epidemiological Surveillance Division continues to notify and investigate possible other cases, while endemic disease control agents, from the Endemic Disease Control Division, collect blood samples for diagnosis in the area”, informed the Health Secretariat.

Belém is the municipality that registers the highest number of cases of the acute disease in all of Brazil, according to UEPA – University of the State of Pará.


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