Parasitic ‘Kissing Bug’ Disease Is Spreading In The US: 300K Infected

by | Aug 27, 2018 | Headline News | 12 comments

A parasitic sickness known as “kissing bug” disease is spreading quickly in the United States.  So far, about 300,000 have been infected in the U.S. with the disease that could be life-threatening.

Blood-sucking bugs are spreading a dangerous parasite. Kissing bugs spread the infection by biting a human, typically on their face (hence the nickname – kissing bugs), and then defecating near the wound. The parasite can then get rubbed into the open wound or get into the body if someone touches their mouth or eyes afterward. The excrement of a kissing bug contains the parasite that causes the virus; a disease known as Chagas.

“So while they’re biting you, ‘kissing’ you in the middle of the night, they also happen to be defecating there,” said Dr. Robert  Springer, according to WRBI Radio. “You wake up the next morning, you’re wiping the sleep out of your eye and you’ve just moved infected excrement into your eye and into your mouth mucous membrane. Then you become infected.”  The symptoms include swelling of the eye or area where the parasite entered the body. It can also be associated with fever and headaches, but in extreme cases, the Chagas disease can be deadly.

Chagas disease can cause life-threatening heart issues, including heart disease, strokes, arrhythmias, and cardiac arrest. About one-third of those infected will develop chronic heart disease, according to the American Heart Association.  “If untreated, infection is lifelong and can be life-threatening,” the CDC warned.

The “kissing bug” insects are known as triatomines and are starting to become more common in the U.S.   The Chagas disease, which has spread to the U.S., was previously only found in Central and South America and Mexico, according to Fox News

At least 8 million people have been infected in those Latin Ameican areas, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention‘s most recent report in December 2017, and an estimated 300,000 Americans in the U.S. also have the disease, a recent news release from the American Heart Association (AHA) states. “Early detection of Chagas disease is critical, allowing prompt initiation of therapy when the evidence for cure is strong,” Caryn Bern, professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California in San Francisco, warned in an online statement.

A total of 11 species of kissing bugs have been spotted in the U.S., so far and the majority of those species are concentrated in the states along the U.S.-Mexico border. However, a research team at Texas A&M have documented kissing bugs in at least 28 states across the United States. “Previous studies have found that, on average, 50% of kissing bugs are infected with the Chagas parasite,” the Texas researchers wrote on a website that details their extensive studies of the insects.

The parasitic disease can also be passed on to others through contaminated food or drink, from pregnant mothers to their babies, and through blood transfusions and organ transplants.

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      • Menzoberranzan

        In other news a wicked witch traitor to the USA is dead.

        • The Deplorable Renegade

          Menzo, I saw that about McShame. Now he’s burning in hell with the likes of Chavez, Castro, Mao, Stalin, Lenin, etc. And some considered him to be a HERO? GMAFB!

          • awed bawl

            . . .some call it Communism- I call it Judaism. . .

            Rabbi Stephen Samuel Weiss
            New York City, 1935

    1. Old Sailor

      Just another present from the illegals coming in from south of the border.

    2. aljamo

      This is just creepy, if it ain’t one thing it’s a hundred other things. More profit for the medical establishment that owns life and death matters exclusively as the sole grim reaper.

    3. Mr West

      Chaga and Chagas are two different things, right?

    4. B from CA

      Perhaps it might help to clean around any insect bite. Maybe if the feces of the insect is cleaned away from the punctured area. And then wash one’s hands.

      I wish they would call it something else. Kissing is getting a bad rep. I wonder if it bites through clothing. Maybe a burka with veil is the next recommendation. It will help when the revolution starts. If you have blue eyes, perhaps brown contact lenses will be useful.

      This open border policy is suicidal.


    5. The Deplorable Renegade

      If those kissing bugs are anything like liberals then just exterminate them.

    6. awed bawl

      . . .results from too much ass-kissing of the chooze. . .

    7. Anonymous Guest

      Why no mention of what can be done to treat/cure the problem? That is arguably the most relevant data, if you do have such, please do append it to the article.

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