The bed bug may be just as dangerous as its sinister cousin, the triatomine, or “kissing” bug. A new study from Penn Medicine researchers in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics demonstrated that bed bugs, like the triatomines, can transmit Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas disease, one of the most prevalent and deadly diseases in the Americas.
Like the “kissing” bug, bed bugs can transmit deadly parasite via feces, researchers showed.
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Other co-authors of the study include Aaron W. Tustin, Katty Borrini-Mayorí and César Náquira.