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kissing bug

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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
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1. A colloquial term for any small insect or arthropod, esp. of the order Hemiptera, that has sucking mouth parts, incomplete metamorphosis, and two pairs of wings, the fore pair being half membranous. See: bedbug; chigger
2. A colloquial term for a disease-causing germ or microorganism.

assassin bug

Any member of the family Reduviidae. Many are predaceous; others are bloodsucking. Panstrongylus, Triatoma, and Rhodnius are vectors of Chagas disease.
See: conenose; trypanosomiasis

cone-nose bug

, cone-nosed bugConenose.

croton bug

German cockroach.

kissing bug


red bug

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kissing bug

The reduviid bug that transmits CHAGAS' DISEASE. It is so called because its nocturnal bite is barely felt.
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In Banco Chinchorro, management is based on capture during fishing tournaments and by daily catch brigades for approximately five months with local anglers and tourist service providers.
Particularly, the Banco Chinchorro BR does not have a recent list of reptiles.
However, after staying remarkably well-preserved for millennia, in the past decade many of the Chinchorro mummies have begun to degrade rapidly.
> 5 Embarcaciones Area de pesca Arte de pesca Zapato Marbella, el cortina, chinchorro, otros Fronton, La Chalana Fertiza, Camotal, cortina, chinchorro, cerco y Horadada, otros Bote Chorillos, Base cortina, cerco, chinchorro y Naval, La Punta, otros Los Tanques, El Cuartel y Lancha Ventanilla.
Chinchorro culture consists of fishermen villages located in the coast of Atacama desert, from Ilo in Peru in the north to Antofagasta in the south between 7020 BC and 1500 BC.