‘Kissing Bugs’ are showing up in Illinois and they can spread Chagas disease, here’s what you need to know

An adult 'Kissing Bug' next to a penny for comparison (Photo: Rachel Curtis-Robles, Texas A&M University)

Texas A&M University Associate Professor of Epidemiology Sarah A. Hamer PhD DVM joins Roe Conn & Anna Davlantes to explain what “Kissing Bugs” are and how they spread Chagas disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “triatomine bugs (also called “kissing bugs”, cone-nosed bugs, and bloodsuckers) can live indoors, in cracks and holes of substandard housing, or in a variety of outdoor settings” and can spread the Chagas disease.

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