Blood-sucking ‘kissing bug’ reported throughout southern US, moving north

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(KLFY) – (4/26/19) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning against a blood-sucking bug that can spread a potentially deadly disease.

Triatomine sanguisuga, sometimes called “kissing bugs,” attack humans by biting them in the face.

The bite is often painless, but the insect can spread the Chagas disease in its feces, the CDC said. The disease can develop into heart disease, including heart failure, stroke or life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias, according to a 2018 release from the American Heart Association.

There have been more than 300,000 cases of people in the U.S. infected with the disease, according to the AHA.

These bugs are spreading north, according to reports.

The CDC said in a statement April 19 that a child in Delaware was bitten on the face in July 2018 as she watched television in her bedroom. The girl did not become sick.

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