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The Colombian National Army confirmed that the disease that affected several soldiers who provided security at the Jagua de Ibirico military base in Cesar had Chagas disease.

The Triatoma or “kissing” bug.

As a result of this pathology, two soldiers died in recent days and seven more remain hospitalized, some of them in intensive care units.

According to the institution, the affected soldiers are under medical observation and permanent monitoring at the Central Military Hospital.

In addition, the Health Directorate, through epidemiological teams, continues to carry out the follow up on affected soldiers.

This situation began last weekend, when the soldiers began to show symptoms.

“The uniformed men have undergone multiple examinations and assessments by a multidisciplinary team of specialists, which determined that the origin and causes of their cardiovascular disease are secondary to Chagas disease,” the Army said.