Could Spread Tropical Diseases in U.S.

November 5, 2014 4:53 PM

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A "kissing" bug may not ultimately sound like the worse type of insect. After all, spreading a little affection here and there couldn't hurt, right? Don't be fooled. This bug gained its lovely name, also known as Chagas, from spreading it's infection through blood-sucking "kisses" that have hit an estimated 7 to 8 million people worldwide. Typically native to South and Central America, the bug has reportedly been making its way to U.S. grounds.

"We are finding new evidence that locally acquired human transmission is occurring in Texas," said lead study author and epidemiologist of the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Tex., Melissa Nolan Garcia, via Health Day.

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