Backgrounder: Donor Testing - Chagas Disease

Key Facts

  • Chagas disease is a parasitic infection caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi. It is most common in Central and South America, as well as Mexico.
  • A donor sample is only tested for antibodies to Trypanosoma cruzi (T. cruzi or Chagas Disease) when increased risk is present, determined by the donor screening questions.