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The 'Kissing bug' disease found in half of the country more deadly than thought

By: Meera Senthilingam, CNN
May 19, 2017 Updated: May 20, 2017 at 7:32 am
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'Kissing bug' disease more deadly than thought (photo from NBC 5)

The nickname given to the insects that spread Chagas disease is somewhat bittersweet: kissing bugs.

Their name stems from the fact that they like biting humans around their lips and faces as they sleep, after which they defecate into the wound with feces that harbor an infectious parasite, Trypanasoma cruzi.

The parasite then enters the bloodstream and causes Chagas disease, also known as trypanosomiasis.

Though the disease is generally considered to be mild or even asymptomatic among most, a new study has found that deaths fueled by the infection are much more common than we know -- and are going unrecognized.

Read the full story at CNN.com.

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