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kissing bug:

see assassin bugassassin bug,
common name for members of the family Reduviidae, one of the largest and most varied groups belonging to the order Hemiptera (suborder Heteroptera). Assassin bugs are generally brownish to black, medium-sized to large insects, with heads that are elongate and
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Kissing bugs 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.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the sighting of a kissing bug for the first time in Delaware, last week, after a family living in Kent County contacted local health authorities in July 2018.
The insect was preliminarily identified as Triatoma sanguisuga (a "kissing bug") by staff members from DDA.
Kissing bugs in the United States: risk for vector-borne disease in humans.
Meanwhile, blood banks are discovering more cases among people without ties to Latin America, and species of kissing bugs native to the southern United States are increasingly recognized as a non-negligible source of Chagas transmission.
The advent of synthetic insecticides in the 1940s was the first major breakthrough in identifying effective techniques for kissing bug control; the introduction of pyrethroids, a more cost-effective synthetic type of insecticide, was another important advance that occurred in the 1980s [5].
Chagas disease is a disease transmitted by large blood-sucking triatomine bugs commonly known as "kissing bugs." Although Chagas disease mainly occurs in Latin America, it is also endemic in other regions such as Europe.
Specific insects carry specific diseases, the report notes: "kissing bugs carry Chagas' disease [which leads to swelling and pontential life-threatening heart and digestive disorders], mosquitoes bring malaria and sand flies transmit leishmaniasis [resulting in large skin sores that can later bring spleen and liver damage].
Caused by Trypanosoma cruzi which are transmitted to humans by "kissing bugs" (hemato-phagous triatomine).
The North American Kissing Bugs are being used to take blood samples from the animals so staff do not have to poke them with needles and syringes.