Chagas Disease: Kiss Of Death?
Chagas Disease: Kiss Of Death? Insects that spread Chagas disease have an odd and misleading nickname: kissing bugs.
That’s because they like biting humans around their lips and faces as they sleep.
Then, they poop into the wound! Eww!
To make matters worse, their feces harbors an infectious parasite: Trypanasoma cruzi.
According to CNN, a new study reveals deaths fueled by the infection are much more common than we know — and are going unrecognized.
The kissing bugs behind the disease have also been reported in 25 US states, with the largest concentration in the South.
The CDC estimates that there are 300,000 cases of Chagas in the United States, with most of those contracted in other countries.
The horrifying creatures nest mainly in tree bark.