Reduviid bug | definition of reduviid bug by Medical dictionary
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As commonly used, any bug that acts as a vector for Chagas disease, so named because they often bite on the face. It is a cone-nosed haematophagous insect with various hosts in the tropics and subtropics; it measures 1-4 cm and is ‘autumn-colored’; its bite elicits papules, painful urticaria, haemorrhagic bulla, occasionally angiooedema, anaphylactoid reaction, and shock; it is also the vector for trypanosoma—Chaga’s disease—causing inflammation, atrophy and fibrosis of Auerbach’s plexus ganglion cells, resulting in acquired megacolon
a member of the family Reduviidae. Called also cone-nose bug, assassin bug or kissing bug. One of the triatoma
species is involved in the transmission of chagas' disease
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Adult and nymph stages of the reduviid bug acquire Try.
The incidence of Chagas' disease can be reduced by controlling the reduviid bug population by use of insecticides especially in homes where they can burrow into crevices.
Travelers planning to stay in hotels, resorts, or other well-constructed housing facilities are NOT at high risk for contracting Chagas' disease from reduviid bugs