While the kissing bug's bite is not necessarily unsafe, the insect is known to carry Chagas disease parasites that can severely affect the brain and heart. Initial investigations showed that the culprit may have been a kissing bug. They took photographs of the culprit and sent them to the Kissing Bug Citizen Science Program at Texas A&M University, which monitors the activities of the insects across the United States. Currently, Chagas disease is only found in the Americas.
Chagas is endemic to Latin America, where a different species of the bug lives and can find its way into rural households.
Right now, kissing bugs are mostly in the southern portion of the USA, but with this new case in DE, bugs spotted in Pennsylvania and a potential migration to New Jersey, it looks like the bugs are on the move north.
A DE girl was bitten by a blood-sucking kissing bug inside her home, the first time the insect, which can transmit the fatal Chagas disease, was found in the state - disturbing evidence that the deadly pest is making its way north from South and Central America, officials said.
The bugs get their name because they "crawl around your face while you sleep and bite around your eyes and lips", McClatchy reported.
The bugs also could spread a disease-carrying parasite when they bite. If the infected feces enters the body, an infection may occur. They were concerned about a possible disease transmission. Chagas can be transmitted from a pregnant woman to her baby, through blood transfusion, contaminated food, and even organ donations.
Consult your primary care doctor if you believe you have been bitten by a kissing bug.
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A bloodsucking "kissing bug" bit a DE girl on the face last summer while she was watching television. The victim also did not fall ill after she was bitten.
To be diagnosed with Chagas, you have to have a blood test.
It's unclear how many people in the USA may have the disease, numbers range from 300,000 to one million. Common symptoms are also associated with a number of other common diseases (body aches, diarrhea, fatigue, fever, headache, loss of appetite, rash, and vomiting).
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There have been more than 300,000 cases of people in the US infected with the disease, according to the AHA. However, it can be fatal if certain complications arise. What Is Chagas Disease?
That isn't to say folks in the US are safe from the deadly insect or disease.