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Insect-Borne Chagas Disease Becoming More Prevalent in the US

Triatomines, affectionately known as “kissing bugs,” have made headlines lately. According to U.S. health officials, disease caused by these insects is on the rise, and in the long term can be quite serious. Known as Chagas disease, the infection is contracted through a bite from a triatomine, a nocturnal insect that crawls around on your face while you’re sleeping.  It will typically bite around the lips or eyes — hence the nickname “kissing bug.” Most people report they did not feel the bite. Like other bloodsucking insects, the triatomine sucks your blood. It then deposits parasite-infested feces near or into the open wound.  Read more...

 

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