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Health officials: Deadly 'kissing bug' reported in Georgia

Health officials: Deadly 'kissing bug' reported in Georgia
Posted at 1:11 PM, Nov 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-24 08:12:05-05

ATLANTA (AP) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a deadly insect known as the "kissing bug" has made its way to Georgia.

The CDC says there have been sightings of the bug, also known as the triatomine bug, in some southern states. It's unclear when, where or how many of the bugs have been reported. The bugs feed on the blood of mammals, including humans, and may carry a parasite that causes Chagas disease - which the CDC says can be fatal if left untreated.

The CDC says residents should double check around their homes for cracks and holes because the bug tends to hide under beds and mattresses.

More information about the triatomine bug and precautions can be found on the CDC website, www.cdc.gov.

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