Public health officials confirmed the existence of the so-called "kissing bug" in Delaware for the first time in state history.
The insect- Triatoma sanguisuga is a suckling animal creature that eats animals and humans, and has a particular affection for painful faces. While bites themselves are not dangerous, bugs can send parasites causing Chagas disease-a potentially serious illness.
According to a report from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a family from Kent County Delaware interacted with local health authorities in July 2018 after biting the face of the child while he was watching television.
The family told the officials they lived near a heavy woods and had not traveled recently outside of the region.
Preliminary investigations of the Delaware Division of Public Health identified the insect as a bug bug. The photos were sent to the Texas A & M Science Kiss Citizen Science Program that recorded insects all over the country-before the CDC's Triatoma sanguisuga was confirmed by the body shape assessment its. [19659002Resultsatestremovetheatheathebathebathebathe Trypanosoma cruzi which causes Chagas disease. Fortunately, the girl is not badly following the bite.
This is the first confirmed identification of a bug in Delaware. Previously, Texas A & M received reports of a suspected bug bug in July 2017. The bug was found dead and no one was surprised to be bitten.
As the university recognized the creature as T. sanguisuga based on photographic evidence, a local institution first determined that it was a milkweed bug after physical examination. The specimen was destroyed before Texas A & M received pictures, meaning no specific identification was made.
The parasite with mixed bugs sometimes causes Chagas-which can lead to serious heart disease and gastrointestinal complications. According to the Mayo Clinic, the disease can be caused by a sudden, short (severe) illness or it may develop in a long-term (long) condition. Symptoms are from mild to severe, although many people do not experience anything until severe stage.
Symptoms of severe stages-which may take several weeks or months, if this happens-may include: fever, inflammation of the infection, fatigue, rash, body aches, eyelids, headache, loss of appetite, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, swelling of the gland and enlargement of the liver or spleen.
If the patient does not get treatment, the disease may develop in a chronic phase-with symptoms that appear as late as 10 or 20 years after the infection. In severe cases, symptoms may include: irregular heartbeat, congestive heart failure, sudden heart arrest, swallowing difficulties due to increased esophagus and abdominal pain and constipation due to increased colon .
According to the CDC, approximately 300,000 people have Chagas disease in the US-most of whom are infected with parasites in rural areas of Mexico, Central America and South America.
While bugs are located in the US, there are only a few confirmed cases where people contract Chagas disease exposure to bugs within the country. Additionally, it is important to note that though the kisses were bugged in Delaware, there was no evidence of the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi in the state.
"No matter where T. cruzi moves, not all triatomine bugs have been infected with the parasite," the CDC report was read. "The probability of human T. cruzi infection from contact with a triatomine bug in the United States is low, even if the bug is infected."