Health officials have cautioned that Chagas is difficult to contract from kissing bugs
despite their vectoring ability, and it comes down to their feces.
DDA staff preliminarily identified the insect as a Triatoma sanguisuga, also known as a kissing bug
. DPH also conducted an investigation into the matter and discovered that the family resided near a heavily wooded area and a window air conditioning unit was located in the bedroom of the girl where she was bitten.
Texas A&M had received a previous report of a suspected kissing bug
in July 2017 from Kent County, Delaware.
They are known as kissing bugs
as they settle on people's faces at night.
Why Kissing Bugs
? Because they tend to come out at night when you are asleep and your face - especially your mouth - is a large and juicy target.
For example, the best-known kissing bug
parasitoid Telenomus fariai Lima, 1927 (Hymenoptera, Scelionidae), is able to parasitize the eggs of species in three triatomine genera, Panstrongylus, Rhodnius, and Triatoma [12, 14, 15].
Transmitted by a "kissing bug
" that resembles a cockroach but with the ability to feed on human blood, it is a leading cause of heart failure and sudden death throughout Latin America.
In all, there are 26 different stories, including the four mentioned above as well as crab louse, jumping face bug, kissing bug
, Olympian flea, and toilet spiders to mention just a few, not to exclude the sex-enhancing Spanish fly.
The parasite Trypanosoma cruzi is the triatomine insect, or "kissing bug
," which sucks the blood of mammals - cats, dogs and humans.
cruzi), a parasite found only in the Americas and most commonly acquired through contact with the blood-sucking triatomine or "kissing bug
." The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates eight to 11 million people are infected worldwide with Chagas disease and more than 10,000 people are considered to be at risk for contracting the disease.
Barbeiros (kissing bug
) bites give the protozoa in a bug's droppings access to the bloodstream.
The team in Dublin is being taught how to use the Kissing Bug
technique by Andre Stadler, the curator of Wuppertal Zoo in Germany, where the idea was first conceived.