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A deadly parasite makes its way into Central Texas

 
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A deadly parasite is moving into Central Texas. It is carried by the kissing bug, also called the "assassin" bug, because it is so deadly. The scientific name for the bug is Triatomine.
And it can be as close as your backyard.

The kissing bug is the vector -- or carrier -- for protozoa Trypansoma cruzi. It's a parasite that lives in the gut of the bug and is disseminated through its feces.

When the feces get into the bloodstream of humans, it causes Chagas disease, which ultimately can cause heart failure.

Dr. Sahotra Sarkar is a professor of integrative biology at the University of Texas. He has been studying Chagas disease since 2006. He wrote a paper published in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases.

"The insects like to feed on people when they're asleep and tend to bite your lips," said Sarkar. "That's how the bug got its name. But we've seen bites on almost every part of the human body."

Sarkar's team started off studying Chagas disease in Mexico. Each year Chagas disease kills more than 50,000 people in Central and South America.

But recently Sarkar has been alarmed at the overwhelming numbers of the parasite they are finding in Texas.

More: [link to parasitologyblog.com]
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A deadly parasite is moving into Central Texas. It is carried by the kissing bug, also called the "assassin" bug, because it is so deadly. The scientific name for the bug is Triatomine.
And it can be as close as your backyard.

The kissing bug is the vector -- or carrier -- for protozoa Trypansoma cruzi. It's a parasite that lives in the gut of the bug and is disseminated through its feces.

When the feces get into the bloodstream of humans, it causes Chagas disease, which ultimately can cause heart failure.

Dr. Sahotra Sarkar is a professor of integrative biology at the University of Texas. He has been studying Chagas disease since 2006. He wrote a paper published in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases.

"The insects like to feed on people when they're asleep and tend to bite your lips," said Sarkar. "That's how the bug got its name. But we've seen bites on almost every part of the human body."

Sarkar's team started off studying Chagas disease in Mexico. Each year Chagas disease kills more than 50,000 people in Central and South America.

But recently Sarkar has been alarmed at the overwhelming numbers of the parasite they are finding in Texas.

More: [link to parasitologyblog.com]
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. . . may we take time out to thank Mexico for all the wonderful things theyhave added to USA culture; especially this newer one the kissing bug, almost better than the Plague . . .
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Reminds me of the movie "Carriers"
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is carriers any good, saw on netflix but wasnt sure if worth watching??
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KILLUMINATI.

THEY, LIKE EVERY OTHER DISEASE, ARE BEHIND THIS AS WELL.

DEPOPULATION PLAN PEOPLE!
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Just another wonderful gift, courtesy of the illegals entering our country unchecked for diseases. Who would have thought that leprosy and a host of other diseases would make a resurgence in the USA. Now we have yet another parasite to be concerned with. Unfortunately, this is only the beginning.
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It is the kiss of death. Soon it'll spread all over the United States.
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is carriers any good, saw on netflix but wasnt sure if worth watching??
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It's good predictive programming

Spoiler alert!

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That's the entire movie

Only no zombies whatsoever, just barely believable dialogue, some frustrating plot twists, and a thoroughly depressing ending

If that movie were a GLPer I'd 1* it and give it bad karma
Put it in neutral!

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yes more illegal immigrants /parasites moving into central texas.
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Why dont you talk about the Mass TB outbreak here in Dallas area instead.
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rick perry's back in town??? lmao
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I believe they're also a vector for Morgellons .
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plagues..
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rick perry's back in town??? lmao
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ohhhh great, I am in the very most center part of Texas. Hows that for ground zero? OUCH!!! Something just bit my lip!!
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Chagas disease has been endemic in Panama for decades. It is controlled.
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The warmer climate spreading northward is going to bring lots of bugs and diseases with it.
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Wow... that's a bit scary for me! Too close to "home" you know? I'd like to read up more on it and see if there are cases anywhere else in the US at this time!

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Re: A deadly parasite makes its way into Central Texas
A deadly parasite is moving into Central Texas. It is carried by the kissing bug, also called the "assassin" bug, because it is so deadly. The scientific name for the bug is Triatomine.
And it can be as close as your backyard.

The kissing bug is the vector -- or carrier -- for protozoa Trypansoma cruzi. It's a parasite that lives in the gut of the bug and is disseminated through its feces.

When the feces get into the bloodstream of humans, it causes Chagas disease, which ultimately can cause heart failure.

Dr. Sahotra Sarkar is a professor of integrative biology at the University of Texas. He has been studying Chagas disease since 2006. He wrote a paper published in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases.

"The insects like to feed on people when they're asleep and tend to bite your lips," said Sarkar. "That's how the bug got its name. But we've seen bites on almost every part of the human body."

Sarkar's team started off studying Chagas disease in Mexico. Each year Chagas disease kills more than 50,000 people in Central and South America.

But recently Sarkar has been alarmed at the overwhelming numbers of the parasite they are finding in Texas.

More: [link to parasitologyblog.com]
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. . . may we take time out to thank Mexico for all the wonderful things theyhave added to USA culture; especially this newer one the kissing bug, almost better than the Plague . . .
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Do we have to?
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pretty sure assasin beetles are on all continents except Europe. The question is, can all sub types carry the disease. hmmm

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Sounds like the script for a new apocalyptic movie.
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I was bit by one of those suckers when I was a kid and it hurt like hell! LOL. Another good reason to kill them on site. AKA Wheel Bugs, here is an interesting video on them.



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I used to think I had Chagas disease. Darwin might have died, himself, from Chagas disease. It is all over south america. I causes the bite area to swell up really bad: like around the eye. It can be cured if caught early, but if not caught, it can become chronic or deadly. Worst part is, you don't know if your bit, cause you will be sleeping.
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KILLUMINATI.

THEY, LIKE EVERY OTHER DISEASE, ARE BEHIND THIS AS WELL.

DEPOPULATION PLAN PEOPLE!
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i sensed the same thing. those freaks.
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I was bit by one of those suckers when I was a kid and it hurt like hell! LOL. Another good reason to kill them on site. AKA Wheel Bugs, here is an interesting video on them.



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The blog story says there is no cure for it and it can take decades to kill the victim.. and that by 2012 Doctors will be required to report the cases of it.

Hmm.. infected blood.. blood tests before marriage? It would be a death sentence for the unknowing spouse if the other had the bug???

A "pandora's box" could come out of that for big Pharma and big Brother if they want to make some 'new rules'.
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I better hope my wife doesn't kiss anyone who has it! I'll make sure to wear lip covers @ night
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We just got hit by a nasty "stomach flu," I hope to God this wasn't related
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