can pass along parasites after defecating at the area of their bite, making it a gross but rare combination that must happen before an infection occurs.
"DPH and DDA jointly contacted Texas A&M University's Kissing Bug
Citizen Science Program, a multidisciplinary research program aimed at documenting and collecting kissing bugs
from across the United States.
Conenose or kissing bugs
. College Station, TX: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension; 2019.
Triatominae (Hemiptera, Reduviidae) is a subfamily of hematophagous insects known as "kissing bugs
" whose members are principally distributed throughout the Neotropical region [1-3].
PUCKER UP: Kissing Bug
is used to extract samples at zoo Picture: PAUL SHARP; EAR THEY COME: Elephants, including Yasmin, at the zoo
More recently, in a mock hut built inside Dotson's CDC laboratory, the researchers deposited fake kissing bug
feces containing engineered bacteria.
Scientists are also engineering a parasite-killing bacterium in the gut of the 'kissing bug
' responsible for spreading Chagas' disease.
Soon everyone - from casual acquaintances to business colleagues - was in on the game.For those publicity-hungry movers and shakers in celebrity circles, however, the kissing bug
had soon run its course.
Here are some facts about the kissing bug
The Swansea research team was able to show its new anti-pest technology works by applying it successfully to the so-called "kissing bug
", members of the Reduviid family of insects which transmit Chagas disease to humans, now a major health problem in South America.
In the endemic areas of Mexico, Central America, and South America, most infections are transmitted by triatomine insect (kissing bug