Oral transmission of Chagas disease by consumption of açaí palm fruit, Brazil.Emerg Infect Dis. 2009 Apr; 15(4):653-5.EI
In 2006, a total of 178 cases of acute Chagas disease were reported from the Amazonian state of Pará, Brazil. Eleven occurred in Barcarena and were confirmed by visualization of parasites on blood smears. Using cohort and case-control studies, we implicated oral transmission by consumption of açaí palm fruit.