Deadly [imported] ‘kissing bug’ spreads to more than half of U.S.

Article publisher: 
Fox 31
Article date: 
20 November 2015
Article category: 
National News
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a deadly insect known as the "kissing bug" [Triatomine bug] has made its way into every southern state, impacting more than half of the United States.

The bug, also known as the triatomine bug, has been reported in several states. The bugs typically feed on the blood of mammals, including humans and pets, biting them in the lip area ...

The kissing bugs have caused a public health problem in areas of Latin America, where the bugs nest in cracks of substandard [unsanitary] housing. Officials estimate that 8 million people in Mexico, Central America, and South America have contracted the illness, and here in the U.S. up to 10 percent of dogs in shelters in southern Texas have tested positive for Chagas ...

To keep your home safe, the CDC recommends:

  • Sealing all cracks and gaps around windows, walls, roofs, and doors and screens
  • Checking in and around your pet's bedding
  • Removing wood, brush, and rock piles near your home
  • Turning off outdoor lights at night, which attract bugs.

Kissing bugs are hard to kill - typical bug sprays do not work ...

A map of the United States showing where Triatomine bugs have been reported in the United States and where there are potential for Triatomine ["kissing bug" ] bugs to exist. Reported: CO, HI, CA, NV, NM, AZ, UT, KS OK, TX, MO, AR, LA, IL, KY, TN, MS, AL, PA, MD, VA, NC, SC, GA, and FL. Potential: WV, DE, and NJ.


Related from CDC:

People also can become infected through:

  • congenital transmission (from a pregnant woman to her baby);
  • blood transfusion;
  • organ transplantation;
  • consumption of uncooked food contaminated with feces from infected bugs; and
  • accidental laboratory exposure

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