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Bed bugs can transmit parasite that causes Chagas disease

The bed bug may be just as dangerous as its sinister cousin, the triatomine, or “kissing” bug. A new study from researchers in the demonstrated that , like the triatomines, can transmit Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that causes , one of the most prevalent and deadly diseases in the Americas.

Close up view of a bed bug
Like the “kissing” bug, bed bugs can transmit via feces, researchers showed.

Credit: Penn Medicine/Robert Press


Other co-authors of the study include , Katty Borrini-Mayorí and César Náquira.

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine