According to the CDC, a Kent County family says an insect bit its child's face on television in July 2018. In the bedroom of the child was a window air conditioning system, where the bite occurred. After testing, it was confirmed that the insect is the kissing bug.
The kissing bug, or Triatoma sanguisuga, are blood-sucking insects that feed on animals and humans and are known to bite the faces of humans.
The discovery in Delaware is the first in the state.
Fortunately, the girl did not get sick, but the insect bites can carry the deadly Chagas disease, which can cause serious heart and gastrointestinal complications.
Symptoms of the disease include fever, fatigue, body aches, headache, skin rash, loss of appetite, diarrhea, and vomiting. Other symptoms may include an enlarged heart, heart failure, altered heart rate, or rhythm and cardiac arrest
The CDC recommends that you consult your doctor, as most people do not know that their disease is linked to Chagas disease.
Most people with Chagas disease have been infected in rural areas of Mexico, Central America and South America.
According to the CDC, the Delaware family reported that they had not traveled outside the region.
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