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A guide for screening, diagnosing, and managing Chagas disease in the United States

Chin, Eric; Arabov, Yosif; Mandel, Ellen D. DMH, MPA, PA-C

Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants: September 2013 - Volume 26 - Issue 9 - p 16–22
doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000433834.11889.7c
Tropical Medicine

ABSTRACT A potentially lifelong and fatal parasitic tropical infection, Chagas disease is increasing in the United States. This article reviews the causes and risk factors for Chagas disease and how PAs can screen, diagnose, and manage affected patients.

Eric Chin and Yosif Arabov are students in the PA program at Pace University in New York City. Ellen Mandel is a clinical associate professor in the PA program at Pace University and an associate professor in the PA program at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. The authors have indicated no relationships to disclose relating to the content of this article.

Earn Category I CME Credit by reading this article and the article beginning on page 23 and successfully completing the posttest on page 29. Successful completion is defined as a cumulative score of at least 70% correct. This material has been reviewed and is approved for 1 hour of clinical Category I (Preapproved) CME credit by the AAPA. The term of approval is for 1 year from the publication date of September 2013.

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