bed-bugThough Chagas disease was once just native to Latin America and South America, it has made it’s way to the United States within the past few years. Now, new findings published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene show that bed bugs could now be potential carriers as well.
“We’ve shown that the bedbug can acquire and transmit the parasite. Our next step is to determine whether they are, or will become an important player in the epidemiology of Chagas disease,” said study senior author Michael Levy, assistant professor in the department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, in a university news release. More