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This bug creeps in the night and bites you on your face while you’re fast asleep, and you never knew it happened until you become dangerously ill from the disease it spreads, which is being dubbed the “new AIDS of the Americas” by researchers because its initial symptoms are hard to detect. Many call it the “kissing bug” due to it’s exclusive attack place being one’s face, but Doctors are calling it a silent killer — and aren’t completely prepared for it yet.
The reduviid bug has recently made it’s way north onto U.S. soil. Endemic to Latin America, it has already infected 17 residents in Houston, Texas, the Washington Postreported.The tiny insect feeds on human blood much like a mosquito, but it is specific to biting the face of its victims. Reduviid bugs carry a parasite called Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes Chagas disease in its human hosts.
At the onset of the disease, the infected will experience fever, fatigue, body aches, rash, diarrhea and vomiting, according to the CDC. This initial acute stage turns into a prolonged asymptomatic state for some bitten by the bug, at which time a few parasites are found in the blood, the CDC noted.