Can You Catch A Disease From A Bed Bug

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Can You Catch A Disease From A Bed Bug

Posted by Bry Andy on Tuesday, 18 February, 2020 15:27:25

A new study from Penn Medicine researchers in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics demonstrated that bed bugs, like the triatomines, can transmit Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas disease, one of the most prevalent and deadly diseases in the Americas.

T. cruzi, which causes Chagas disease, is transmitted by kissing bugs. Bedbugs and kissing bugs have many similarities: both have reflexive feces excretion after a blood meal, which is an important behavioral feature responsible for transcutaneous T. cruzi transmission from kissing bugs . Indeed, scratching pruritic bites facilitates mechanical entry of parasites contained in bedbug feces into bite sites.

Since bed bugs are insects, you don't exactly "catch" them like you would a disease or illness. They do, however, spread from person-to-person through various methods. How Bed Bugs Spread Bed bugs are parasitic blood suckers, who feed on living hosts.

If you wash or dry your clothes at the hottest temperature, your risk of catching bed bugs at laundromats or laundry rooms through shared machines is minimal. Just be sure to get back to the laundry room before someone puts your clothes on the folding table.

Carefully inspect the area where the suspected bed bug was found as soon as you can. Because bed bugs like to hide, it is important to know where to look for them: check the folds and seams in upholstery, lockers, baseboards, cubicle walls, furniture joints and corners, electrical outlets, switches, piles of papers and other nooks and crannies.

This last factoid is troubling because dogs -- unlike cats -- can carry plague fleas without showing symptoms of the disease. Chagas Disease. Chagas disease is a potentially fatal illness caused by a protozoan parasite. It's usually spread by the "kissing bugs" and other blood-sucking bugs.