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Does chagas disease come from mosquitos or what bugs?

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Dr. Eric L. Weiss
Travel Medicine
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In brief: "Kissing Bugs"

Chagas disease is caused by a parasite (trypanosoma cruzi) transmitted by the triatoma bug (aka: kissing bug).
The bug itself is infected and has the habit of defecating immediately after biting you. While not pretty to imagine, the bugs poop, with the parasite in it, mixes with your blood where you were bitten, and hence you're infected. The bug lives in mud & thatch huts in poor, rural, areas.

In brief: "Kissing Bugs"

Chagas disease is caused by a parasite (trypanosoma cruzi) transmitted by the triatoma bug (aka: kissing bug).
The bug itself is infected and has the habit of defecating immediately after biting you. While not pretty to imagine, the bugs poop, with the parasite in it, mixes with your blood where you were bitten, and hence you're infected. The bug lives in mud & thatch huts in poor, rural, areas.
Dr. Eric L. Weiss
Dr. Eric L. Weiss
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Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Parasite

It comes from a parasite called trypanosoma cruzi.

In brief: Parasite

It comes from a parasite called trypanosoma cruzi.
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: Several ways

Chagas disease can be transmitted to humans by the bite of kissing bugs, blood transfusions, from mother to fetus & by eating food contaminated with the parasites.
Trypanosoma cruzi is the protozoan that is passed by these various mechanisms.

In brief: Several ways

Chagas disease can be transmitted to humans by the bite of kissing bugs, blood transfusions, from mother to fetus & by eating food contaminated with the parasites.
Trypanosoma cruzi is the protozoan that is passed by these various mechanisms.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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