Volume 73, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


The objective of this study is to determine if a Chagas disease protocol starting with a serological survey is as reliable at identifying insect-infested areas as one using the gold standard entomological survey. The study found that health center areas infested with were identified using a threshold seroprevalence of 0.1%. The serological survey took half the time and was 30% less expensive than the entomological survey. Developing countries with limited resources may find this strategy useful in combating Chagas disease. This strategy also identifies seropositive children, which facilitates their treatment.


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  • Received : 10 Jan 2005
  • Accepted : 17 Mar 2005
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