Blood Sucking "Kissing Bug" Found In Maryland & Virginia

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that the Triatomine bug, aka the kissing bug, has been spotted in Maryland as well as Delaware and Pennsylvania. The bug gets it's nickname from the fact that it often targets the faces of humans. It was first brought to the attention of health officials last summer when one of bit a child in her Delaware bedroom (where she fortunately avoided getting sick).

Besides the fact that the bug's favorite target is the face, it gets worse. The kissing bug is known to carry Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas, a disease the can cause cardiac and gastrointestinal problems, according to CDC's website.

If you believe you have spotted one of these critters, the CDC advises that you do not touch or squish the bug: instead opting to trap it in a container and either drowning it in rubbing alcohol or freezing it.

 

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