The "bug of the kiss", also known as tritomine, holds in an illness that can develop into chronic health problems and even death, in extreme cases, and it spreads the disease alarmingly.
The insect carries a parasite called a trifonus trichinoma (often called by scientists), which can issue the Chagas disease in humans and pets. According to the WebMMD, the bug is more common in Latin America, but it has been detected in Texas and many other states in the United States, and it affects people near the eyes or mouth, hence the kiss tag, more often while they sleep. This infection is transmitted through the feces of a bug which can penetrate people's body through the eyes, nose, mouth or even sores.
CDC says that Chagas disease can last a lifetime if it is untreated, and has a chronic acute phase. A person in the acute phase may have fever or mild swelling, or even inflammation of the heart or brain muscles in cases not so common.
After the acute phase, the affected person enters an expanded asymptomatic phase. Although most of them will never develop symptoms of Chagas again, around 20 or 30 percent will start serious medical problems such as arrhythmia, enlarged heart or enlarged esophagus. Some of these cases even caused death.
The disease can be treated with aniparistic drugs, and the sooner infection, the better.
They had been looking north ever since
A test conducted by the CDC revealed that a little girl triatomine bug in Delaware last July, although a bug tested negative for Cozy and the girl was not a sign of Chagas disease.
Bugshave tragomin has been identified at 27 most southern neighbor declared and Hawaii past discovery last week meaning Delaware is the northernmost area where bugs have been reported.
Species that live in the Southwest US and Mexico are called Protata Triatoma, and is also known as Western Western conenucks.According to a study carried out by the University of California's integrated Pest Managemnet (IPM) program this particular bug lives across California's hill regions, .
The good news is that the disease is quite rare in the United States, according to a study published in IPM. Cases of Chagas in California are extremely rare, as a report published in Clinical Infectious Diseases identified only seven human cases of Chagas between 1955 and 2009, and these are just one disease that occurs in California.
The bad news is that disease-carrying bugs can spread Chagas more often with climate changes
Andre Blair is the editor-in-chief of Advocator.ca. He holds a B.A. In psychology from the University of Toronto, and an M.Sc. in Public Health Sciences from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, University of North Carolina at Hill Hill. Andre specializes in the field of environment, but writes on a wide range of topics.