CDC: 'Kissing Bug' Reported in Florida

Health officials: Deadly 'kissing bug' reported in Georgia
Posted at 11:48 PM, Nov 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-27 05:10:47-05

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning Floridians about the potentially deadly Chagas Disease from the kissing bug.

The bugs have invaded the southern United States, including Florida.

The infected inch-long Triatomine bugs carrying the parasite can pass it through bites. The bites are typically around the mouth and face, which is how they get their nickname "kissing bugs."

Once in the body, the parasite can remain hidden for years, or even decades, eventually resulting in heart disease.

According to the CDC, it estimates about 8 million people are infected worldwide. Most of the infected are reportedly in Central and South America.

The CDC reports that infections have been reported in Arkansas, Arizona, Massachusetts, Tennessee and Texas.

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11/26/2015 3:01:53 AM (GMT -5:00)