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Growing concern in US: 'kissing bug' disease
Fox News ^ | 7/29/2014 | Fox News

Posted on 07/28/2014 7:10:07 PM PDT by Dallas59

Some 8 million people have Chagas disease, a life-threatening illness passed to humans by "kissing bugs," or triatomines, living in Latin America. In the US, few people know about the disease—but the CDC figures that some 300,000 people may be infected here.

In countries like Bolivia, which has the highest rate of Chagas in the world, it's standard practice to screen expectant mothers for the disease, since they could pass it on to their children.

But in the US, doctors rarely think to check for the illness, which can cause heart or colon problems years down the line that, left untreated, can kill.

But awareness is growing, especially in places like Virginia, which one doctor suggests could be "ground zero" for the illness in the US, the Atlantic reports.

The state has more Bolivians than any other, and dozens of cases have cropped up in the region. Infants and new cases can potentially be cured, but people with chronic cases may face eventual heart failure or brain inflammation.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bugs; disease

1 posted on 07/28/2014 7:10:07 PM PDT by Dallas59
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To: Dallas59

Great.


2 posted on 07/28/2014 7:11:47 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Dallas59

Lets hear it for the miracles of immigration out of control.


3 posted on 07/28/2014 7:12:05 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Think how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are stupider than that.)
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To: Dallas59

Just another disease we didn’t have until the infected illegals settled among us.


4 posted on 07/28/2014 7:13:41 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Dallas59

bye bye Hollywood


5 posted on 07/28/2014 7:15:52 PM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: Dallas59

Good thing we have Obamacare now...


6 posted on 07/28/2014 7:17:40 PM PDT by sickoflibs (King Obama : 'The debate is over. The time for talk is over. Just follow my commands you serfs""')
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To: Dallas59

Coming to a state/city near you.


7 posted on 07/28/2014 7:20:43 PM PDT by SkyDancer (If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed. If you do read the newspaper you are misinformed)
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To: Dallas59

So, just to be on the safe side ... don't kiss this fellow.

8 posted on 07/28/2014 7:21:53 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("Harvey Dent, can we trust him?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBsdV--kLoQ)
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To: Dallas59

Gosh, I thought the ‘kissing bug’ was Mono.


9 posted on 07/28/2014 7:22:14 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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4 Weeks
29%

Support It Or Lose It

10 posted on 07/28/2014 7:27:09 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Dallas59
So . . . according to Jeb Bush, this would be a

.

LOVE BUG


11 posted on 07/28/2014 7:33:59 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

The insect is called the “kissing bug”. As far as I can tell from the article the disease isn’t contagious but is spread through this insect, although the article said that pregnant mothers can pass it on to their babies in the womb.

I wonder if that insect is being brought in with the Latinos who come here. I wonder if the bug has to bite somebody with the disease and then bite another person, or if the bug has the disease in it already and gives it to whoever it bites. Or do just some of those bugs have the disease in it?

The article wasn’t very clear, to me.


12 posted on 07/28/2014 7:35:01 PM PDT by butterdezillion (Note to self : put this between arrow keys: img src=""/)
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To: Dallas59

Protozoa that induces swelling of the heart ventricles, finally terminating in heart failure in 30% of cases:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chagas_disease


13 posted on 07/28/2014 7:39:39 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: ClearCase_guy

Cost alot of money to get that ink.


14 posted on 07/28/2014 7:45:27 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: gaijin

The article is a little misleading;

People are getting scared they have to stop kissing other PEOPLE —wrong.

The vector bug (which resembles a very small, slender beetle) has some complex Latin name but is usually called, “the KISSING bug” cuz it usually emerges at night and bites the face of a person asleep.

After sucking some blood, it often POOPS, and later the human victim RUBS the ouchy wound, thereby rubbing the infected poop INTO the wound, sealing their fate.

Not near these bugs? You’re safe, kiss the people u want to.


15 posted on 07/28/2014 7:46:13 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: gaijin

Not near these bugs? You’re safe, kiss the people u want to.


In post Obama United States...bug comes to you!


16 posted on 07/28/2014 7:51:37 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Thanks for the laugh!


17 posted on 07/28/2014 7:53:42 PM PDT by stilloftyhenight (...staying home isn't an option.)
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To: Dallas59

How much you want to bet the 300,000 are almost all foreign born illegal aliens?


18 posted on 07/28/2014 8:12:28 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Hey-—I want Nancy Pelosi ‘to kiss this fellow’-—PLZ!


19 posted on 07/28/2014 8:14:27 PM PDT by krunkygirl (force multiplier in effect...)
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To: Dallas59

I keep telling my wife that it’s dangerous when she chases me around the dining room table trying to kiss me. Now I have proof !


20 posted on 07/28/2014 8:16:15 PM PDT by catbertz
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To: Dallas59

Our pediatrician in Tucson was bit in her house on her couch by a kissing bug. She didn’t realize it until after the fact. She had an allergic reaction and nearly died. Thankfully, her husband is also a doc, and they made it to the hospital in time. She wanted us to know about these little critters just in case.


21 posted on 07/28/2014 8:23:48 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: petitfour

To all the uncontrolled alien invasion lovers...thanks a lot, you jerks.


22 posted on 07/28/2014 8:44:47 PM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp)
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To: Dallas59

Isn’t that the same as the ASSASSIN BUG here?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reduviidae


23 posted on 07/28/2014 8:46:39 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need more than seven rounds, Much more.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar; gaijin

No, the “principal vector” (quoting) is Rhodnius prolixus. Wikipedia has more information here

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chagas_disease

Scroll down a little for a photo of the Chagas beetle.

It’s called a kissing bug because it often poops on a person/ animal’s mouth (I want to say seeking moisture there, but it was long ago I read about it). The person scratches or rubs their mouth & pushes the feces into their mouth. I’m not sure if the transmission is the same with animals.

All of the produce & goods produced in Mexico, Central & South America? There’s your carrier; the produce itself & foreign shipments.

(I had one of my dogs tested for Chagas- among many other things, in 2010 because of unexplained lameness)


24 posted on 07/29/2014 1:15:33 AM PDT by KGeorge (Till we're together again, Gypsy girl. May 28, 1998- June 3, 2013)
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