Saturday, July 7, 2012

Mother infects her unborn baby with deadly Chagas disease - dubbed the 'new AIDS of the Americas' - in first ever case of its kind in U.S.

A baby boy born two years ago became the first U.S. case of Chagas disease - being called the 'new AIDS of America' - to be passed from mother to baby during pregnancy.

The boy was born in Virginia at 29 weeks in August 2010 after doctors found he had fetal hydrops, the accumulation of fluid in at least two fetal compartments, which they initially thought was caused by a bacterial infection.

It was not until two weeks after he was born that his mother, an immigrant from Bolivia, told specialists she had been diagnosed with Chagas disease in a previous pregnancy, but was not showing any symptoms. Read More