VIDEO: Kissing Bugs and Chagas Disease

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In this video companion to a previous article, Joe Alton MD reports on Kissing Bugs, also known as Triatoma Sanguisuga. It’s an invasive species from south of the border that is now found in Tennessee (where the video was filmed) and as far north as Pennsylvania and Illinois.

It’s called the kissing bug because it tends to bite human and animal victims around the mouth, although sometimes it might target the eyes or other mucous membranes.

It’s bad enough to have to deal with the redness, itching, and swelling that goes along with insect bites, but a bite from Triatoma Sanguisuga can cause Chagas Disease, a potentially dangerous infection. To find out more about Kissing Bugs and Chagas Disease, check out Dr. Alton’s video below:

Wishing you the best of health in good times or bad,

Joe Alton MD

Dr. Alton 

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