Credit: CDC/ Donated By the World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
‘Kissing Bugs’ May Suck Surprising Amount of American Blood
Americans mayِ beِ more atِ risk forِ a parasitic infection knownِ asِ Chagas disease thanِ thought, indicatesِ a study thatِ foundِ a surprisingly high number ofِ so-called kissing bugs hadِ fed onِ human blood.
Triatomine bugs earned theirِ nickname byِ biting people onِ the face toِ suck blood atِ night, andِ the bugs canِ carry a parasite called Trypanosoma cruzi, whichِ causesِ the potentially life-threatening Chagas.
(None ofِ the bugs thatِ hadِ fed onِ humans alsoِ carried theِ parasite.) This finding, detailed inِ the April 2012 issue ofِ the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, suggests thatِ the 11 species ofِ kissing bugs inِ the southern United States mayِ feed onِ human blood moreِ often thanِ thought.