Tuesday , July 27 2021

A blood-sucking "kissing bug" is reported in the southern part of the United States, moving north



(GRAY NEWS) – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warn of blood-borne bugs that can spread a potentially lethal disease.

Triatomine sanguisuga, sometimes called "kissing bugs," attack people by biting them into the face.

Biting is often painless, but the insect can spread Chagas' disease in its stools, the CDC says. Disease can develop in heart disease, including heart failure, stroke, or life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias, according to a 2018 message from the American Heart Association.

There are more than 300,000 cases of people in the United States infected with the disease, according to AHA.

According to reports, these bugs spread to the north.

The CDC said in a statement on April 19th that the Delaware child was bitten by the face in July 2018 while watching TV in her bedroom. The girl does not get sick.

The finding is the first confirmed case of Trilatoma sanguisuga in Delaware.

The most common symptom of bite bites is swelling, according to the CDC. But most who are bitten do not show any signs.

Bacteria are mostly active at night and feed on the blood of mammals, birds and reptiles, the CDC said. They live in a wide range of environmental conditions, usually in close proximity to an animal the bug can eat, called a blood host.

Animals are usually found in the southern parts of the United States, Central America and South America.

The CDC recommends the detection of external lights away from homes, canine kennels and hens and turning off the lights when not in use.

Also, do not touch or crush the bugs, but rather put it in a container and fill it with alcohol or freeze it.

The surfaces that come in contact with the insect must also be completely cleaned.

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