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Blood-sucking “Kissing Bug” Triatoma Sanguisuga Confirmed in Delaware For First Time

Public health officials have confirmed the presence of the so-called "kissing bug" in Delaware for the first time in the state's history. The insect— Triatoma sanguisuga —is a blood-sucking creature that feeds on animals and humans, and has a particular foundation for biting faces. While the bites are not necessarily dangerous, the bugs can transmit to parasite that causes Chagas disease – a potentially serious illness. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a family from Kent County Delaware contacted local health authorities in July 2018 after an insect had bitten their child's face while she was watching television. The family customs officials that they lived near a heavily wooded area and had not traveled recently outside the region. at the Delaware Division of Public Health identified the insect as a kissing bug. Photographs were sent to Texas A&M University's Kissing Bug Citizen Science Program — which documents the insects across the country — before the creature was finally confirmed to be Triatoma sanguisuga by the CDC via analysis of its body shape. [1 9659002] Testing of the insect detected in human blood meal, but was negative for the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi which causes Chagas disease. Fortunately, the girl did not become ill after the bite. This is the first confirmed identification of the kissing bug in Delaware. Previously, Texas A&M had received reports of a suspected kissing bug in July 2017. The bug was found dead and no one had reported being bitten.…

Public health officials have confirmed the presence of the so-called “kissing bug” in Delaware for the first time in the state’s history.

The insect— Triatoma sanguisuga —is a blood-sucking creature that feeds on animals and humans, and has a particular foundation for biting faces. While the bites are not necessarily dangerous, the bugs can transmit to parasite that causes Chagas disease – a potentially serious illness.

According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a family from Kent County Delaware contacted local health authorities in July 2018 after an insect had bitten their child’s face while she was watching television.

The family customs officials that they lived near a heavily wooded area and had not traveled recently outside the region.

at the Delaware Division of Public Health identified the insect as a kissing bug. Photographs were sent to Texas A&M University’s Kissing Bug Citizen Science Program — which documents the insects across the country — before the creature was finally confirmed to be Triatoma sanguisuga by the CDC via analysis of its body shape. [1

9659002] Testing of the insect detected in human blood meal, but was negative for the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi which causes Chagas disease. Fortunately, the girl did not become ill after the bite.

This is the first confirmed identification of the kissing bug in Delaware. Previously, Texas A&M had received reports of a suspected kissing bug in July 2017. The bug was found dead and no one had reported being bitten.

sanguisuga based on photographic evidence, a local institution had initially concluded that it was a milkweed bug after a physical examination. The specimens were destroyed before Texas A&M received the photos, meaning no definitive identification was made. According to the Mayo Clinic, the disease can cause sudden, brief (acute) illness or may advance to a long-lasting (chronic) condition. Symptoms range from mild to severe, though many people do not experience anything until the chronic stage.

the infection site, fatigue, rash, body aches, eyelid swelling, headache, loss of appetite, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, swollen glands and enlargement of the liver or spleen.

If the patient receives no treatment, the disease may advance to a chronic stage – with symptoms appearing as late as 10 or 20 years after infection. In severe cases, these symptoms could include: irregular heartbeat, congestive heart failure, sudden cardiac arrest, difficulty swallowing to enlarged esophagus and abdominal pain and constipation due to enlarged colon. disease in the US – most of which were infected with the parasite in rural areas of Mexico, Central America and South America.

Chagas disease after exposure to the bug inside the country. Furthermore, it is important to note that although kissing bugs have been identified in Delaware, there is currently no evidence of the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi in the state.

“Even where T. cruzi is circulating, not all triatomin bugs are infected with the parasite, ”the CDC report read. “The likelihood of human T. cruzi infection from contact with a triatomin bug in the United States is low, even when the bug is infected. ”

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