Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Student Scholarship

Date Written

Fall 2014

Document Type


Course Number

NURS 5330

Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology

Professor’s Name

John D. Chovan, James R. Cacchillo


Parasitic Infections, Case Studies

Subject Categories

Medical Pathology | Nursing | Parasitic Diseases | Public Health and Community Nursing


Parasitic infections are a common occurrence worldwide and are often more common in low income countries. While these infections are associated with poor compromised communities outside the United States these diseases effect people within the United States and are more common than realized. One specific parasitic infection infects its human host causing Chagas disease. Chagas disease is an infection that occurs from the parasite T. cruzi and was named for the Brazilian physician Carlos Chagas who discovered the disease in 1909 (CDC, 2014). According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC, 2014), Chagas disease has been targeted as a priority for public health action, and is considered one of the neglected parasitic infections. The CDC (2014) considers Chagas disease a priority due to its severity, the number of people infected, and the ability to prevent and treat the disease. According to Stampert and Montgomery (2010), there is a substantial knowledge deficit among physicians about Chagas disease. This is concerning when one considers the harmful effects of the disease and the amount of people infected in the United States. Chagas disease can be acquired in the United States as there have been cases of T. cruzi vector borne infections in Mississippi (Canty et. al., 2012).



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