02841: Antigen Discovery for an Improved Serologic Diagnostic of Trypanosoma cruzi Infection in Dogs

Grant Status: Open

Grant Amount: $199,025
Eric Dumonteil, PhD; Tulane University
November 1, 2020 - October 31, 2022


Breed(s): -All Dogs
Research Program Area: Immunology and Infectious Disease
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One Health: Yes


Chagas disease is caused by Trypanosoma cruzi (T.cruzi) parasites and it represents a major public health problem in the Americas. Dogs play a key role in parasite transmission cycles and can develop severe cardiac disease following infection with the parasite. Infection in dogs has been reported in multiple states in the U.S., but the lack of accurate diagnostic tests complicates disease surveillance and reliable identification of cases. There is a critical need for a more reliable test that can detect all infections with this parasite. This study aims to develop a new test for the accurate diagnostic of T. cruzi infection in dogs. The availability of a new diagnostic test may facilitate timely identification of Chagas disease cases and improve veterinary care. The test may also be broadly applicable to other species and could lead to an improved test for humans.


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