Chagas Illness And Kissing Bugs A Concern In Southern U.S.

Together with the opposite pests that develop into extra lively in the summertime months, the kissing bug is as soon as once more elevating issues in canine homeowners. Don’t let it’s cutesy title idiot you – it’s not any nicer than different biting bugs. Kissing bugs get their title from their ugly behavior of biting individuals across the eyes and lips.

Picture Supply: Bernard DuPont by way of Wikimedia Commons

The bugs desire hotter climate and are extra prevalent in South America and the Southern United States, however have additionally been noticed as far North as Pennsylvania in the summertime. There are 11 identified species and at the least eight (or extra) carry the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, which might trigger Chagas illness in each people and pets. It’s be transmitted when the bug bites after which defecates close to the positioning of the chunk, or if the bug is ingested.

Veterinarian Dr. Sarah Hamer with Texas AM Faculty of Veterinary Drugs Biomedical Sciences not too long ago gave an interview explaining how Chagas illness is transmitted and it’s results.

The bugs aren’t as widespread within the U.S. as they’re in South America. There’s no cause to panic nevertheless, veterinarians advise being vigilant as Chagas illness could cause coronary heart failure, organ failure, and even dying in canines. Pets might not present any signs for a number of years. In response to PetMd, canines who’re severely contaminated might show the next signs:

  • fever
  • lack of urge for food
  • lethargy
  • swollen lymph nodes
  • enlarged liver or spleen

There aren’t any vaccines or medicines that deal with Chagas illness, however the signs (together with coronary heart illness) might be handled to assist your canine reside longer with the situation. Kissing bugs desire to reside in areas the place the prospect of a meal is extra seemingly, like canine homes and beds, kennels, and human properties. Holding your canine’s bedding and dwelling areas clear and freed from bugs might assist stop an infection.

Researchers with Texas AM Veterinary Drugs and Biomedical Sciences have been finding out the bugs and the illness to higher perceive it. When you spot a Kissing Bug, you may comply with directions for contacting the College about it by clicking right here.