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'Kissing Bug' Carrying The Deadly Chagas Disease Reported In More Than Half Of US, CDC

Update Date: Nov 27, 2015 05:00 PM EST

This is one kiss that you could do without. It usually kisses people on the face and lips, causing the face and eyelids to swell slightly. It creates a deadly "kiss" that transmits a parasite called Trypanosoma cruzi, which in turn communicates the deadly Chagas.

The deadly Triatomine bug or "kissing bug," as it is called, is reported to have been seen by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in more than half of the US states, especially in Carolinas, Georgia and Texas.

"[F]ever, headache, enlarged lymph glands, pallor, muscle pain, difficulty in breathing, swelling and abdominal or chest pain," are the possible symptoms that can be felt during the first month that the Chagas disease has entered the body, according to the World Health Organization, Huffington Post says.

Chagas, or American trypanosomiasis, whose symptoms are not too evident, at times takes long before taking its toll.

Chagas might wedge itself into the tissue and muscle of the patient, even causing heart disease, said Anil Mangla, assistant director for the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District.

If you want to keep these kisses away then put up screens inside your house to seal off open passages. Those who have pets need to keep them indoors to prevent them from coming in contact with the bugs, according to AOL. 


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