Bloodsucking Vampire... Bugs? (Kissing Bugs)
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Bloodsucking Vampire... Bugs? (Kissing Bugs)

Santa Cruz : Bolivia | Jul 10, 2010 at 12:32 PM PDT
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Yes, thats right! Bug. In Bolivia, these winged insects, along with thier paracitic friends, have created an epidemic worth knowing about. Its is called 'Chagas' Disease, and it infects more than 1 Million people nation-wide. In reality, it is the combination of the Vinchuca beetle, with lives in the thatched roofs of the area, and the Trypansoma cruzi, a single cell paracite.

When a person is "kissed" by an infected beetle, they may not know that they are infected for as long as 10 years! It takes this long to produce all the body-destroying cells it needs. When the T. Cruzi finally goes into action, heart attack or even organ failure follow rapidly. Once at this point, Chagas can't be cured.

But there is hope for those living in Bolivia. The Government is hard at work gettiing the locals to change from the common thatched roof, to a roof made of corrugated metal. Without the thatched roof to live in, the Vinchuca Beetle, and it's friend T. Cruzi, is unable to give out it's nightly kiss to thoughs unaware.

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