Trypanosoma cruzi (GCA_003719155.1) Assembly and Gene Annotation
About Trypanosoma cruzi
Trypanosoma cruzi is a species of parasitic euglenoids. Amongst
the protozoa, the trypanosomes characteristically bore tissue in another
organism and feed on blood (primarily) and also lymph. This behaviour
causes disease or the likelihood of disease that varies with the
organism: for example, trypanosomiasis in humans (Chagas disease in
South America), dourine and surra in horses, and a brucellosis-like
disease in cattle. Parasites need a host body and the haematophagous
insect triatomine (descriptions
") is the major vector in accord with a mechanism of infection. The triatomine likes the nests of vertebrate animals for shelter, where it bites and sucks blood for food. Individual triatomines infected with protozoa from other contact with animals transmit trypanosomes when the triatomine deposits its faeces on the host's skin surface and then bites. Penetration of the infected faeces is further facilitated by the scratching of the bite area by the human or animal host.
General information about this species can be found in Wikipedia.