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Trypanosomiasis, american
Diagnostic Strategies
  1. To diagnose an individual case
    In acute infections, the parasite might be detected in the blood. If this is not achieved, serology or molecular diagnostic methods could be used.
    Due to these newer methods, xenodiagnosis, i.e. to see whether reduviid bugs become infected after taking a blood meal on the patient – has become obsolete.
     
  2. To assess endemicity in an endemic area
    The optimal method would be to use rt-PCR if available.