“Kissing bug” case confirmed in Delaware

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(CBS) — The so-called “kissing bug ” is a blood-sucking insect that attacks humans often biting them in the face.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials say they have documented the very first case in Delaware. They say a young girl was watching TV in the bedroom last Summer when the bug bit her. The child never got sick.

The bugs are often seen in Central and South America and can carry a parasite that causes “chagas disease.” The CDC says the disease can cause serious cardiac and gastrointestinal complications.

The CDC recommends remove trash, wood, and rock piles from around the home. Clear out any bird and animal nests from around the home. Keep outdoor lights away from homes, dog kennels, and chicken coops. They also say you should inspect and seal any cracks or gaps in your home.

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