NJ Residents Need To Watch Out For Kissing Bugs
NJ.com reports that insects known as triatomines are headed straight for New Jersey after being recently discovered on the New Jersey/Pennsylvania border.
While they're normally confined to the southern part of the country, triatomines (also known as 'kissing bugs') have made their way up north. According to the Center of Disease control, NJ is marked as a potential landing spot for these anything-but-kissable flying insects.
Kissing bugs are known to carry what's known as Chagas Disease caused by a parasite. Chagas disease exposes itself in phases. The acute phase demonstrates little to no symptoms other than localized swelling. It's in the chronic phase during which someone infected can experience intestinal and cardiac complications.
So, why are they referred to as 'kissing bugs'? Normally, they bite humans on some part of the face. If their feces comes in contact with the bite area, eyes, or mouth, then that person is at risk of the infection. Nasty, right?