A warning was issued by the Centers for Disease, Control and Prevention about a bug known as triatomine, or frequently described as the “kissing” bug, and according to CDC it can be fatal causing death.
Even though some of you may think that this bug is harmless, it can actually transmit a parasite called Trypanosoma cruzi that if enters inside the human body becomes extremely dangerous. Namely, it can trigger Chagas disease, which has already impacted over 8 million people all over the world. Chagas disease can trigger heart problems and lead to death.
This bug is common in Latin America, the first symptoms appear two months after the initial infection, including muscle pain, fever, headaches, bigger lymph glands, and difficulties with breathing. They are very similar to flu and because of that it is very difficult to detect this infection. Once a person is infected, skin sores or a purple swelling on the eyelids of one eye appears.
When Chagas disease advances, there are two stages. The first stage has less signs than the second one, as a result of which people consider this infection as common flu. In the beginning of the infection, 10% of the infected individuals report gastrointestinal problems and when the second stage starts 30% experience heart issues.
Unfortunately, there isn’t any available immunization for this disease, however Chagas disease is treatable, and if it is early detected, the treatment is almost 100% effective.
You can raise the levels of protectiveness against this disease, namely WHO advises the use of an insecticide in order to spray your house and maintain adequate personal hygiene, specifically near food.
If you are bitten by this bug, do not rub the bitten place as in that case you are at higher risk of spreading the disease since the bug defecates into the bite, and the feces infects the bite with the fatal parasite.
New England, New York State and the northern areas of U.S. are not exposed at risk of this bug.
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