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Trypanosoma cruzi

CDC
  • Causes Chagas disease
  • Transmitted by blood-sucking triatomine or reduviid bugs, also known as kissing or cone-nosed bugs
  • When the bugs bite, they defecate leaving trypanosomes on the skin that then enter through the hole left by the bite
  • Bugs are night feeders that rarely infect plastered or dry-walled houses
  • From the map above, this bug species lives in the lower Eastern U.S.