|Rachel Curtis at Texas A&M University studies |
Chagas disease eco-epidemiology.
If you are a blood donor you may have heard of Chagas' disease. It's one of those mysterious illnesses you get asked about before you give blood. Thankfully, it's not thought to be common in the U.S., but is a very prevalent in some parts of Central and South America. Recently there has been growing concern that Chagas' disease may be becoming more common in the U.S., and that it's occurrence might be underestimated.
A research team at Texas A&M University is beginning to study the different kissing bugs in Texas. They hope to learn more about where kissing bugs are active, where different species are found, what hosts they prefer, and how often the parasite infects the bugs.
|Triatoma kissing bug are 1/2 to one inch-long.|
For a brochure about the project, go to http://vetmed.tamu.edu/media/513063/kissing%20bug%20brochure.pdf