Blood Tests Positive for DEADLY Chagas Disease in 30 States – including Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio

Blood Tests Come Back Positive for DEADLY Chagas in 30 States

(according RIPA Positive Map)

The risk that you are going to be bitten by bed bugs, love bugs or kissing bugs is greater than you think.  Humans transmit deadly Chagas disease to bed bugs, bed bugs traffic the disease as they feed and defecate in the same manner as kissing bugs and love bugs.  For any professional to suggest there isn’t a problem is simply negligent.  Even the blood tests that were taken and came back positive for deadly Chagas disease were flawed and the problem may be as much as 50 times worse than expected according to the Baylor University Study.  This problem has been underestimated, ignored and gone undiagnosed for decades.  Those officials that tell you there is nothing to worry about when it comes to contact were the same officials, in many cases, that said we don’t have a bed bug problem and that bed bugs were not dangerous.  Bed bugs not only carry the deadly Chagas disease but they transmit the deadly Chagas disease.  Them the facts!

[A. Steiner observation ]

November 30, 2015 | By Kaitlynn LeBeau | WSAZ

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — No, we’re not talking about “mono.” In fact, this isn’t a disease spread by kissing at all. It’s literally an insect, and it has been found in nearly 30 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC.)

The “Kissing Bug” is just one of the nicknames for the triatomine bug — an insect that is about the size of a penny but can be potentially dangerous.

The bug is a blood sucker that got its nickname by biting people around the mouth, eyes and other parts of the face. They do most of their biting at night.

Despite the bugs being reported in several states across the country, Stan Mills, the program manager at the Cabell-Huntington Health Department, says it is very unlikely you will come in contact with one.

 “I don’t think, if they’re here, there’s going to be very many of them,” Mills said.  Mills said one bug was found in West Virginia in a southern county.

Some of the bugs carry a parasite that can cause Chagas Disease which can be potentially fatal. Mills said contracting the disease from the bug is difficult and unlikely.

“Your risk of getting West Nile Virus from a mosquito is greater and we’ve had no human cases in this area,” Mills said. “Your chance of getting Lymes Disease from a tick is greater. So it’s just such a low, low thing.”

The CDC’s website states, “It is important to note that not all triatomine bugs are infected with the parasite that causes Chagas disease. The likelihood of getting Chagas disease from a triatomine bug in the United States is low, even if the bug is infected.”

Mills said so far, no human cases of the disease have been reported in our region.

To get the disease, the bug’s feces would have to somehow be ingested by the person.

“It’s got to feed around your mouth,” Mills said. “It’s got to leave its droppings and you have to ingest the droppings. You know, rub it in or scratch or something like that. Even though that sounds maybe pretty easy, that’s a lot of steps that have to take place for a person to get that disease.”

Mills said the bug is usually associated with low-income housing because of poor sanitation. He said the bugs also like to live in cracks and crevices, much like bed bugs.

If you think you’ve found one of these bugs, Mills says to follow the CDC’s instructions: Do not touch or smash the bug. This can potentially expose you to the disease if the bug is carrying it. Instead, trap the bug in a container and freeze the bug inside the closed container for 24 hours. Then, take the bug to your local extension service, a university laboratory, or your local health department.

Mills said if you call the Cabell-Huntington Health Department, someone will even come pick the bug up at your house for you.

As pictures and articles about the bugs spread on social media, Mills reminds people to go to credible sources like the CDC’s website to find out more information.

“It’s just fear of the unknown I think,” Mills said. “It’s something new, something else to scare ya.”

According to the CDC’s website, you can keep the bugs away by sealing cracks and holes in your home and having your pets sleep indoors, especially at night, to avoid carrying the bugs inside.

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