PSA Kissing Beetle Disease

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As if poison ivy, ticks, chiggers, skeeters, snakes, and gators weren't enough to be on the lookout for while caching...

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As if poison ivy, ticks, chiggers, skeeters, snakes, and gators weren't enough to be on the lookout for while caching...

You forgot Armadillos and bullets.

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Interestingly enough, this particular beetle has given us a great boon where I work.  Our major competitors have had to deal with this bug and the disease it causes, but we don't because our building is different and we've been able to keep them out.  It could result in us gaining a higher market share in the coming months.  I can't explain a whole lot more on here due to security reasons, but some of you know what I do, and if not, ask me next time you see me.  My kids and I have talked about it, the youngest child was completely freaked out, but I explained that it really only affects people at night and when they sleep on the ground.  So naturally then he asks me if we were going to stop camping because of it, lol.

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Hmmm. I'm camping right now. Not a good time to be reading this.

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Chagas Disease is nothing to take lightly, however, we are not a third world county.

Evidently you didn't read the headline in the link.

 

Deadly kissing bug disease makes its way to Houston

Edited by SockPuppet

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Yes and homeless people sleeping by the bayous at night "might" get bitten.  7 years ago ONE person tested positive.  It's a danged pandemic!

 

Because Chagas often shows no symptoms, one Katy resident was stunned with her diagnosis in 2007.

 

"I was just -- what does this mean to me about a disease because I feel fine," said Rosemary Vorpahl.

She learned she was infected after a donation to the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Bank. The group began testing for Chagas several years ago.

 

"We found Chagas was becoming more prevalent in the United States and could be transmitted by a blood transfusion," Dr. Beth Hartwell with Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center said.

Edited by Baytown Bert
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The article is really about the fact that the Baylor College of Medicine is working on a vaccine for Chagas and other tropical diseases.

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It causes a horrific condition known as Chagasiscardiomyopathy

 

Just the name is horrific enough.

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