Kissing Bug Warning: Chagas Disease

Subject: Kissing bugs
October 6, 2013 8:45 am
Hi Bugman,
I am very appreciative of the service you provide. I live in San Antonio, TX and I have been following in the news the rapid increase of reported cases of Triatoma protracta infected with Trypanosoma cruzi.  I am originally from Buenos Aires and I know of the “Vinchuca” bug and the “Chagas” so I was hyper sensible when I saw the bug here. I captured one and took it to my bug exterminator who did not know what it was -I told him it was called an “Assassin” or “Kissing” bug but it did not ring a bell. I would recommend you advise folks extreme caution when handling and if bitten, report to the health department. Many, many thanks!
I’m attaching a couple of useful links. It appears there may be hundreds of undiagnosed cases in the TX state.
Signature: Pablo Pineyro

Kissing Bug (from our archives)
Kissing Bug (from our archives)

Hi Pablo,
Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

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