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Charles Darwin, Chagas’ disease, and the killer kissing bugs of California
- By John Ross, MD, FIDSA, Contributing Editor
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One time a few years ago, I had hung my sheets out to dry on the line, brought them back in and put them on the bed. The next morning I was flicking the sheets to make the bed when I saw a bug that looked like a box elder bug, but different, so I leaned in closer to have a look. The damned thing had what looked like a syringe on it’s head, so I smacked it. It left a splotch of blood bigger than a nickel on my sheets. This is in SE Iowa. Several years later I saw a picture of a kissing bug that looked like this one. I’ve never hung clothes out on the line since then.
Oh, wow…good to know! I live in Ohio, and recently found one of these insects. I also like to hang things out to dry in the summer, but now I’ll rethink that!
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