Illegal aliens who cross the border into the United States not only bring with them an added strain on our economy, drugs and increased risk to border security officers, but they have another gift for us — a deadly bug that infects humans with what’s being called the “new AIDS.”
The Reduviid bug, also known as the “kissing bug” due to its tendency to bite people on the face, has made its way into the United States with several confirmed cases in Houston.
Doctors have dubbed it the “silent killer,” as the bug strikes in the middle of the night and the symptoms of a bite are usually not detected by the average doctor.
The nasty little bug carries the Trypanosoma cruzi parasite, which can causeChagas disease in humans. Since people don’t typically feel sick after being infected, treatment isn’t sought and even if it was, health care workers would not know to test for it.
Chagas can result in intestinal complications, heart failure and causes heart disease in about thirty percent of those infected, which most doctors would attribute to other causes due to lack of awareness of the new threat.
Because the symptoms of Chagas can be linked to other common causes, Susan Montgomery of the CDC’s parasitic diseases branch stated that there may be more cases in the United States than what’s been confirmed.
Changas has no vaccination but is very curable. Treatment is nearly 100 percent effective, if the disease is diagnosed in time.
This is what the insect looks like: