Skip to comments.Growing concern in US: 'kissing bug' disease
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 diseasebut 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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Lets hear it for the miracles of immigration out of control.
Just another disease we didn’t have until the infected illegals settled among us.
bye bye Hollywood
Good thing we have Obamacare now...
Coming to a state/city near you.
So, just to be on the safe side ... don't kiss this fellow.
Gosh, I thought the ‘kissing bug’ was Mono.
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.
Protozoa that induces swelling of the heart ventricles, finally terminating in heart failure in 30% of cases:
Cost alot of money to get that ink.
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.
Not near these bugs? Youre safe, kiss the people u want to.
In post Obama United States...bug comes to you!
Thanks for the laugh!
How much you want to bet the 300,000 are almost all foreign born illegal aliens?
Hey-—I want Nancy Pelosi ‘to kiss this fellow’-—PLZ!
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 !
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.
To all the uncontrolled alien invasion lovers...thanks a lot, you jerks.
Isn’t that the same as the ASSASSIN BUG here?
No, the “principal vector” (quoting) is Rhodnius prolixus. Wikipedia has more information here
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)