Californian mother bitten by "Kissing Beetle" warns others of the danger of parasitic disease "silent killer"
Lynn Kaufer Hodson from Penn Valley, California, she was bitten in November 2016 by a "kissing beetle" in Grass Valley.
(Lynn Kaufer Hodson)
When Lynn Kaufer Hodson was bitten by a Triatomine, also known as the "Kissing Bug," she could not even feel it. It was not until the next day a big itchy knot appeared on her neck that she realized that some kind of pest had sucked her blood.
Hodson and her family were housed in a mobile home on their ranch in Grass Valley, California. in November 2016 while she was waiting to move to her new home in Penn Valley – a city about 30 minutes away.
At first Hodson only believed that a spider or mosquito had bitten her while she lived in a semi-trailer. But weeks passed and the bite wound throbbed and itched on.
"It was super itchy for two or three weeks," Hodson, 49, recalled to Fox News, though she acknowledged that she initially opposed the gait in
Just two months later, Hodson – coincidentally – the kind of deadly vermin she had actually bitten.
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This disease, commonly known as triatoma, spreads Chagas, a disease that has its origins in Latin America.
In January 2017, Hodson decided to donate blood as she did routinely once a quarter. Weeks later, the wife and mother received a shocking letter from the American Red Cross, which revealed that there was evidence that she was infected with the rare parasite Trypanosoma cruzi a dangerous disease called Chagas' disease triggers.
Hodson was immediately re-examined at the Center of Excellence for Chagas Disease at the Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, where doctors confirmed that she had signed Chagas.
The 49-year-old had to wait two months The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention prioritized high-risk patients, such as pregnant women and those with AIDS, before she could get any medication to treat the infection.
"There is no urgency, do not worry, nothing with this disease at the moment."
"They say if you get it treated right away, research shows it's effective" said Hodson. I had to wait five months, so the way I looked at it was – I got it, it will either affect me or not. "
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According to the latest CDC report in December 2017, at least 8 million are in Central and South America and Mexico People infected with Chagas' disease Americans in the US also have the disease, according to a recent press release from the American Heart Association.
However, Hodson said the disease is the "silent killer" because many people do not show symptoms. Therefore, she estimates the number of infected as even higher.
Lynn Kaufer Hodson, who turns fifty in November, says she sees a cardiologist once a year to monitor her heart activity.
(Lynn Kaufer Hodson)
Kissing beetles spread the infection by biting a human, typically on their face (hence the nickname) and then defecate near the wound. The parasite can then be rubbed into the open wound or enter the body if someone touches his mouth or eyes afterwards.
Chagas disease can cause life-threatening heart problems, including heart disease, strokes, arrhythmias and cardiac arrest. About one third of those infected will develop chronic heart disease, according to the AHA.
"There is no urgency, do not worry, nothing with this disease at the moment. Not many people have it, it's not a sexy thing. You can not see it," said Hodson, explaining that she hopes the disease " make a face "so that others take it seriously.
"It depends on politics," she argued.
Hodson currently sees a cardiologist once a year for an echocardiogram and electrocardiogram. She wears a Holter monitor for 48 hours after each check to monitor her heart activity. That's all she can do right now.
"I'm a total Type A control freak, but that's so beyond control, you can stress your life and be concerned about it or just live your life," said Hodson. "Life is short. You hope you are fine and live your life. "