The Centers for Disease, Control and Prevention has just issued a warning about the latest health scare- the Triatomine bug usually called as the “kissing” bug, which can even kill a human.
Although the bug might seem completely safe and friendly, it isn’t because it transmits the dangerous Trypanosoma cruzi parasite. Once it enters the body, this parasite causes the extremely deadly Chagas disease, which has affected over eight million people on a global level.
Chagas disease can cause severe heart problems and can even have fatal end. The symptoms begin 2 months after the body had contact with the kissing bug. They include headaches, fever, muscle pain, enlarged lymph glands, and hard breathing. As you can see, the symptoms of Chagas disease are similar to those of flu, so it’s hard to recognize the real cause. The symptoms continue with swelling on the eyelids, or skin lesions.
About 30 percent of patients with this disease developed cardiac problems, while 10 percent reported to have problems with digestion. Although there are no vaccines for Chagas disease, if early diagnosed, the treatment is 100 percent effective. Use insecticide spray around your house to protect your family, and maintain regular personnel hygiene.
The disease has higher chances to be spread if the host rubs the bite, since the bug usually defecates into the bite infecting it with the dangerous parasite. Only the northern region of the U.S. isn’t at risk of this deadly bug, including New York State and new England.
Be careful of the following places:
- Stony structures
- Chicken coop
- The rocks around the house
- Dog cage
- Seal each crack on the door, windows and wall of the house
- Get rid of piles of stone and wood
- Avoid puddles
- Place your yard lights away from your home
- Make sure your house stays clean
- If you notice presence of kissing bugs, call the Department of Health immediately.