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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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Kissing bugs and the trypanosomes that they carry range as far north as the United States, although Chagas' infections north of Mexico occur primarily in wild animals.
Kissing bugs are ( mostly found in damp, enclosed spaces such as underneath porches, between rocky structures, under concrete blocks, in rock, wood, brush piles, or beneath tree barks, inside rodent nests or animal burrows, in outdoor dog houses or kennels and in chicken coops or houses.
Walker and her colleagues performed several experiments on nitrophorin 1, the most abundant of the kissing bug's four nitrophorins, to explore the way it binds to NO.
Chagas disease has the potential to become the "new AIDS" of the Americas after scientists discovered a parasitic infection passed on by so-called "kissing bugs," according to a ( study published in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases .
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.
In Tucson, we also have lots of kissing bugs and packrats, the intermediate host for Chagas disease.
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).
Reduviid bugs, or "kissing bugs" live in cracks and holes of substandard housing found in South and Central America.