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"Kissing Bug" Illness Spreads across Southern U.S.
08-25-2018, 01:09 AM #1
Team Uzi ռօ ǟʀȶɨʄɨƈɨǟʟ ֆաɛɛȶɛռɛʀֆ
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Over 300,000 sickened by the invasive bug.
Authorities are blaming the unusually warm weather on this recent epidemic.
I have my own personal theory of how they are being spread but that's something I can back up with facts (see below*).
08-25-2018, 01:15 AM #2
Team Uzi ռօ ǟʀȶɨʄɨƈɨǟʟ ֆաɛɛȶɛռɛʀֆ
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Here is some useful information about how to identify and protect yourself (and pets) from these nasty little buggie boys!
08-25-2018, 01:19 AM #3
Team Uzi ռօ ǟʀȶɨʄɨƈɨǟʟ ֆաɛɛȶɛռɛʀֆ
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Kissing bugs (from the Triatominae insect family) are blood sucking insects that are known to attack humans for their food. These pests are sometimes called some names, the most common being “Mexican bed bug”. A major reason these insects are called “kissing bugs” is because they tend to bite around the mouth and eye region while you sleep which is definitely pretty creepy (literally). Imagine waking up to an insect perched on your face, I would absolutely loose it! To make matters worse, these pests have the ability to transmit a dangerous disease called “Chagas” that can cause all sorts of health complications and can sometimes even be fatal.
08-25-2018, 03:16 AM #4
Team Uzi ռօ ǟʀȶɨʄɨƈɨǟʟ ֆաɛɛȶɛռɛʀֆ
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It is estimated that 6.6 million people, mostly in Mexico, Central America and South America, have Chagas disease as of 2015. In 2015, Chagas was estimated to result in 8,000 deaths. Most people with the disease are poor, and most do not realize they are infected. *Large-scale population movements have increased the areas where Chagas disease is found and these include many European countries and the United States. These areas have also seen an increase in the years up to 2014. The disease was first described in 1909 by the Brazilian physician Carlos Chagas, after whom it is named. Chagas disease is classified as a neglected tropical disease. It affects more than 150 other animals.
08-26-2018, 03:19 PM #5
Octo Mother Superior
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Ewww! Never seen them, but they used to be a thing here as well before getting exterminated for many years. Now they're making a comeback damned.gif
08-27-2018, 05:55 PM #6
Meh Member
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According to Dr. Susan Montgomery of the CDC, the bugs have been around Georgia since at least 1855 and there has never been a reported case of the disease via the bug in the state.


I've yet to see one.



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