“Kissing Bugs” pack punch

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KOB) Earlier this week, researchers presented on cases of Chagas, an illness spread through “kissing bugs,” presented in patients in Texas.

Experts say there is little danger of catching Chagas in the United States, but they still want to get the word out to people about “kissing bugs.”

Richard “The Bugman” Fagerlund, who works and lives in New Mexico, says people shouldn’t be worried about getting ill because of the bugs, but they should still take precautions to keep them from getting into your home.

If the bugs get into your home, they can hide in dark nooks and crannies and creep out while you’re sleeping – then crawl on your face and bite. They are called “kissing bugs” because they are attracted to the carbon dioxide breathed out, and often bite near the mouth.

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