• Researchers attempt to stop the kiss of death

Researchers attempt to stop the kiss of death

FIU researchers are on a mission to control and eliminate Chagas disease, which is spread by Rhodnius prolixus and other kissing bug species.

Not as sweet as it sounds, the kissing bug earned its name because it bites people’s faces, usually around the mouth, and feed on their blood at nightThe insects typically defecate after feeding and can pass the T. cruziparasite that causes the disease if the person accidentally rubs the infected feces into the bite wound. Chagas disease affects about 7 million people worldwide and can cause premature heart failure or gastrointestinal issues.

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