Chaga’s Disease the “kissing” bug

9 12 2010

Supposed to be studying for finals. I guess dedicating a page to this bug doesn’t hurt.  This is the Reduvii bug or the “kissing” bug.  The one that poops as it is biting you at the same time!

Obviously, it doesn’t look all that friendly to kiss either. The name comes from the fact that the bug kisses sucking up your blood (it also has a cone-shaped nose). Just wanted to dedicate a section to this bug because not only does it cause heart damage by enlarging your heart could cause deadly or fatal heart arrhythmias.

How does it get in?

This is the most interesting part. It is a bug that defecates (poops) as it bites. So when you scratch, the Trypanosoma cruzi bug goes into your the bite site and causes damage.

From the Journal of Young Investigators on Chaga’s
Always go to the CDC website as well for help & more info



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