The following factors may increase your risk of getting Chagas disease:

  • Living in impoverished rural areas of Central America, South America and Mexico
  • Living in a residence that contains triatomine bugs
  • Receiving a blood transfusion or organ transplant from a person who carries the infection

It's rare for travelers to the at-risk areas in South America, Central America and Mexico to contract Chagas disease because travelers tend to stay in well-constructed buildings, such as hotels. Triatomine bugs are usually found in structures built with mud or adobe or thatch.

June 07, 2014