If You Find This Bug In Your Home Go To The Doctor Right Away

More than 8 million people suffer from Chagas disease, a potentially fatal disease that can cause heart and intestinal complications. For a long time, this was mainly a disease only affecting people in Mexico, Central and South America, but cases in the United States are increasing.

Chagas is transmitted by a parasite, Trypanosoma cruzi, spread through insects of the Triatominae family. These bugs are commonly known as 'kissing bugs', 'assassin bugs' and 'vampire bugs.’ They're brown or black, flat, with stripes along their sides and a long, cone-like 'nose' on their head.

Triatominae feed off human blood. They like to hide in homes and come out at night to attack people at rest. The bite can transmit the parasite that causes Chagas disease.

As more and more of these insects are moving across the border and through the U.S., cases of Chagas in the U.S. are on the rise. If you suspect you've been fed on by a kissing bug, don't rub the bite - just go to the doctor.

Symptoms of Chagas include flu-like symptoms, eyelid swelling, swollen glands, fever and enlargement of the liver or spleen. If you suspect you've been infected with Chagas, it is imperative that you get treated.

Source: Health Eternally
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