Chagas Disease: Optimizing Care for Pregnant Women and Children


PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: This enduring activity is designed to increase knowledge and change competency of congenital Chagas disease practices and strategies.


At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe Chagas disease.
  2. Explain the treatment options for Chagas disease.
  3. Recognize the transmission and clinical features of congenital Chagas disease.
  4. Describe the management of Chagas disease in pregnant and nursing mothers.
  5. Discuss the diagnosis and management of infants of Chagas-positive mothers.
  6. Describe the evaluation of family members of an individual diagnosed with Chagas disease.
  7. Apply the course content to identify and manage congenital Chagas disease presented in the case studies.
  8. Describe the importance of the health care team to address Chagas disease in mothers and babies.


Stephanie R. Bialek, MD, MPH, Division Director, CDC, National Center for Immunizations and Respiratory Diseases, Division of Viral Diseases
Susan P. Montgomery, DVM, MPH, Veterinary Medical Officer/Epidemiology Team Lead, CDC, Global Health Center(proposed), Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria, Parasitic Diseases Branch

ORIGINATION DATE: August 1, 2021
RENEWAL DATE: August 1, 2023
EXPIRATION DATE: August 1, 2025


TARGET AUDIENCE: Physicians, Registered Nurses, Nurses

PREREQUISITES: Medical background/knowledge

FORMAT: This activity is Web-based.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria, Parasitic Diseases Branch (404) 718-4745



In support of improving patient care, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

CME: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CNE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this activity for 1.25 nursing contact hours.


In compliance with continuing education requirements, all planners and presenters must disclose all financial relationships, in any amount, with ineligible companies during the previous 24 months as well as any use of unlabeled product(s) or products under investigational use.

CDC, our planners, and content experts wish to disclose they have no financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, reselling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Content will not include any discussion of the unlabeled use of a product or a product under investigational use.

CDC did not accept financial or in-kind support from ineligible companies for this continuing education activity.

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Instructions for Obtaining Continuing Education (CE)

To receive continuing education (CE) for WB4491R- Chagas Disease: Optimizing Care for Pregnant Women and Children please visit CDC TRAIN and search for the course in the Course Catalog using WB4491R. Follow the steps below by August 1, 2025.

  1. Register for and complete the course.
  2. Pass the post-assessment at 80%.
  3. Complete the evaluation.
  4. Visit Your Learning to access your certificates and transcript.

FEES: No fees are charged for CDC’s CE activities.