‘Kissing bug’ spotted: ‘Kissing Bug’ CDC

Published: November 25, 2015

‘Kissing bug’ spotted: ‘Kissing Bug’ CDC, According to The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) website, the ‘kissing bug’ has been reported in Missouri.

Known as Triatomine bugs, they can live indoors in cracks and holes of substandard housing, or in a variety of outdoor settings including porches, brush piles, rodent nests, outdoor dog houses or kennels or chicken coops.

Triatomine bugs can carry the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi that causes Chagas disease.

They are commonly known as ‘kissing bugs’ because they usually bite on your lips or your face and cause a severe allergic reaction. An allergic reaction may be characterized by severe redness, itching, swelling, welts, hives, or, rarely, anaphylactic shock (severe allergic reaction). Persons at risk of anaphylactic shock should consult a physician to obtain medication to use in case of a bite. It is important to note that not all triatomines are infected with the parasite even though they may cause an allergic reaction.


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