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Watch out for kissing bugs!

07/24/2014

Texas A&M University is tracking the movement of “kissing bugs” into the southern United States. These bugs carry a parasite called Trypanosoma cruzi that causes Chagas disease. The illness causes damage to the heart and digestive system and can cause cardiac arrest if you or your dog are bitten by an infected bug. They are finding a lot of dogs in the southern U.S. infected with this parasite. Although the dogs aren’t spreading the parasite directly to people, they are helping to make the disease KissingBugmore prevalent. The chance of dogs spreading the disease to humans is very low, but increases if there are kissing bugs around that can transmit the illness through their bite.

If you find a kissing bug and are interested in submitting it to Texas A&M, email their research team at KissingBug@cvm.tamu.edu. When collecting the bug, avoid direct contact with the bug, its feces or areas contaminated by the bug. Place the bug in a sealable plastic bag and freeze it before sending in to Texas A&M.

I hope they can find a way to eliminate this parasite so our dogs and ourselves will be safe from this disease. Yuk!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. fredrieka permalink
    07/24/2014 4:15 pm

    Reblogged this on Love your dog and commented:
    good information to pass on

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