Warning issued to Floridians about the potentially deadly Chagas Disease from the ‘kissing bug’ aka ‘love bug’; cousins to the ‘bed bug’
November 26, 2015 | Associated Press | Jacksonville, FL Sun Sentinel
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning Floridians about the potentially deadly Chagas Disease from the kissing bug.
The bugs have invaded the southern United States, including Florida.
The infected inch-long Triatomine bugs carrying the parasite can pass it through bites. The bites are typically around the mouth and face, which is how they get their nickname “kissing bugs.”
Once in the body, the parasite can remain hidden for years, or even decades, eventually resulting in heart disease.
The CDC reports that infections have been reported in Arkansas, Arizona, Massachusetts, Tennessee and Texas.