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Drug For ‘Neglected’ Chagas Disease Gains FDA Approval Amid Price Worries

Enlarge this image The blood-sucking conenose assassin bug (Triatoma sanguisuga) is also called a “kissing bug” because of its tendency to bite human faces. It feeds on human blood and is the vector of the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes Chagas disease. Ray Coleman/Science Source hide caption toggle caption Ray Coleman/Science Source The Food and Drug Administration recently approved the first U.S. treatment for childhood cases of Chagas disease — a parasite-driven illness that, over time and unless treated early, can cause serious heart problems in about a third of…

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