Chagas

4121 P-L. Discovered 1960 Sept. 24 by C. J. van Houten and I. van Houten-Groeneveld at Palomar.

Named in memory of Carlos Chagas (1879-1934), Brazilian epidemiologist who first described the agent, vectors and clinical signs of a new disease, the American Trypanosomiasis. Also known as Chagas' disease, this is an infection produced by the flagellate protozoan Trypanosoma Cruzi that is transmitted to humans by blood-sucking insects. It is endemic in most rural areas of Central and South America. (M 34354) Name proposed and citation prepared by SBNC.

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