Bug Related to Deadly Disease Confirmed to be in Delaware - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Bug Related to Deadly Disease Confirmed to be in Delaware

Posted: Updated:
(Photo: CDC) (Photo: CDC)

WILMINGTON, Del. (WBOC/AP)- An insect that can pass along a deadly disease and is nicknamed for biting people around their mouths has officially been spotted in Delaware.           

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week confirmed arrival of Triatoma sanguisuga, otherwise known as the "kissing bug."           

The CDC says the bug has been making its way north from South and Central America. It has already been spotted in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania.           

The bloodsucking bugs' bite is often painless, but it can spread Chagas as their infected feces flows through the open wound. Chagas disease can cause serious cardiac and gastrointestinal complications. The CDC estimates that approximately 300,000 persons with Chagas disease live in the U.S. 

According to the CDC, a family from Kent County, Del. contacted local health authorities in July 2018 after an insect had bitten their child’s face while she was watching television during the late evening hours. 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Maryland Governor Announces New Bay Bridge Actions

    Maryland Governor Announces New Bay Bridge Actions

    Wednesday, October 16 2019 11:09 AM EDT2019-10-16 15:09:23 GMT
    Wednesday, October 16 2019 11:13 AM EDT2019-10-16 15:13:33 GMT
    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday a series of actions that his administration is taking to expedite the Chesapeake Bay Bridge rehabilitation project.More
    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday a series of actions that his administration is taking to expedite the Chesapeake Bay Bridge rehabilitation project. More
  • Assateague Island Adds Special Tables for Horse Safety

    Assateague Island Adds Special Tables for Horse Safety

    Wednesday, October 16 2019 3:34 PM EDT2019-10-16 19:34:37 GMT
    Wednesday, October 16 2019 3:49 PM EDT2019-10-16 19:49:41 GMT
    Assateague Island National Seashore rangers have seen enough of the horse-play. After too many cases of horses consuming human, and even pet food, the rangers knew it was time to make a change to protect the ponies' health.More
    Assateague Island National Seashore rangers have seen enough of the horse-play. After too many cases of horses consuming human, and even pet food, the rangers knew it was time to make a change to protect the ponies' health. More
  • Man Arrested for Robbery at Georgetown Royal Farms

    Man Arrested for Robbery at Georgetown Royal Farms

    Wednesday, October 16 2019 9:59 AM EDT2019-10-16 13:59:07 GMT
    Wednesday, October 16 2019 10:28 AM EDT2019-10-16 14:28:38 GMT
    A man is behind bars following accusations that he robbed a customer in the parking lot of a Royal Farms store in Georgetown, Del.More
    A man is behind bars following accusations that he robbed a customer in the parking lot of a Royal Farms store in Georgetown, Del.More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2019 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices