Study Finds Bed Bugs Capable of Transmitting Chagas Disease

ENTOMOLOGY TODAY . A study by researchers at New Mexico State University shows that bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are capable of hosting the pathogen that causes Chagas disease for up to 97 days, and the pathogen can persist even through the bed bug’s molting process between one nymphal stage and the next.

Chagas Disease and Bed Bugs A new study that shows bed bugs can transmit the parasite that causes Chagas disease. This dangerous disease is common in Latin and South America where it is spread by kissing bugs.

Study finds bed bugs Capable of Transmitting Chagas Disease. FAIRFAX, Va. (December 1, 2014) – Bed bugs are one of the most hated and difficult to control pests in the United States, but until recently, it was thought that they were merely a nuisance, incapable of transmitting any diseases to humans.

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This study is the first to show that bed bugs could be capable of actually transmitting diseases. It’s important to note, however, that this study did not examine whether bed bugs could transmit Chagas disease to humans. More study is needed to find out if that could happen, or if it already is happening.

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A new study from Penn Medicine researchers in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics demonstrated that bed bugs can transmit trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas disease, one of the most prevalent and deadly diseases in the Americas.

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Study Finds Bed Bugs’ Ability to Transmit Chagas Disease. by Dr. Michael R. Linford February 8, 2018. A study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology provides a potential link with bed bugs being able to transmit Chagas disease. Most people view bedbugs as a nuisance or irritant pest.

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