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Blood-sucking 'kissing bug' confirmed in Delaware, CDC says



Officials confirm the "kissing bug" has made it to Delaware.

According to the CDC, a family from Kent County says they had their child's face back in July of 2018 while watching television. A window air conditioning unit was located in the child's bedroom where the bite occurred. After testing, the insect was confirmed to be the kissing bug.

The kissing bug, or Triatoma sanguisuga, are blood-sucking insects that feed on animals and humans, and are known to bite the faces of humans.

The discovery in Delaware is the first in the state.

Fortunately, the girl did not fall ill, but the insect bites can carry the deadly chagas disease, which can cause serious cardiac and gastrointestinal complications.

Symptoms of the disease include fever, fatigue, body aches, headache, rash, loss of appetite, diarrhea, and vomiting. Other symptoms may include increased heart rate, heart failure, altered heart rate or arrhythmia

The CDC recommends consulting your doctor because most people do not know their illness is tied to Chagas disease.

Most people with Chagas disease became infected in rural areas of Mexico, Central America, and South America.

But according to the CDC, the Delaware family reported that the local area had not changed.

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