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CDC: Blood-sucking 'Kissing Bug' Confirmed in Delaware

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Public health officials have confirmed the presence of the so-called “kissing bug” in Delaware for the first time in the state's history.

The insect—Triatoma sanguisuga—is a blood-sucking creature that feeds on animals and humans, and has a particular fondness for biting faces. While the bites themselves are not necessarily dangerous, the bugs can transmit a parasite that causes Chagas disease—a potentially serious illness.

According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a family from Kent County Delaware contacted local health authorities in July 2018 after an insect had bitten their child’s face while she was watching television.


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