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The diagnosis of infants born to Trypanosoma cruzi infected mothers, relies solely on the detection of parasites and presence of specific antibody titers. This study sought to quantify parasitemia levels in children congenitally infected with T. cruzi during a one-year-follow-up after delivery. The results showed that the parasite burden in some children is below the detection limit of the current method and that more sensitive praasitological methods should be developed.
To read the full study, published by PLoS NTDs, click on the following link: http://www.plosntds.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pntd.0002476