Four cases of acute chagasic myocarditis in French Guiana.

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  • 1 Service de Parasitologie et Mycologie, UFR de Médecine Antilles-Guyane et Centre Hospitalier General de Cayenne, Guyane Française.

The authors report four cases of acute chagasic myocarditis which had been diagnosed and treated in Cayenne, French Guiana, in the past 6 years. This French territory, which has the highest standard of living in South America, should be considered an area of risk for sporadic Chagas disease with epidemiologic features similar to those of the disease found in dense Amazon forest areas. Appropriate measures must be taken to screen and promptly manage Chagas disease in the French Guiana population.