Thursday, June 21, 2012

Watch out for this bug

Today's edition of the San Antonio Express-News has a report about a dangerous parasite carried by certain species of kissing bugs: Chagas disease carrier may be threat in Texas.

"For years, scientists have known that the sweetly named kissing bug found throughout South and Central Texas carries the parasite that causes Chagas disease, a major killer in parts of Latin America," reporter Don Finley wrote."What wasn't known is if those Texas bugs infect people, although they clearly infect animals — including bomb-sniffing dogs at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland and nonhuman primates at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute."

According to the article, "five species of triatoma bugs found around San Antonio carry the infection, the most common of them Triatoma gerstaeckeri — a flat, dark brown teardrop-shaped bug with lighter stripes mostly obscured by its wings. Adults are often more than an inch in length."


Linda/patchwork said...

Thanks for the heads up.
We'll keep an eye out for these.

Lorilee said...

Oh boy. Something else to worry about In addition to fleas, ticks, venomous snakes, scorpions and spiders!
Oh, wasps, yellow jackets and Africanized bees!

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