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kissing bug

(Animals) a North American assassin bug, Melanolestes picipes, with a painful bite, usually attacking the lips or cheeks of man
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[1895–1900, Amer.]
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Noun1.kissing bug - large bloodsucking bugkissing bug - large bloodsucking bug    
assassin bug, reduviid - a true bug: long-legged predacious bug living mostly on other insects; a few suck blood of mammals
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kissing bug

n chinche f, chinche besucona (Mex), chinche picuda (Guat, El Salv), pito (Col), chipo (Ven), chirima-cha (Perú), vinchuca (Arg, Bol, Chile, Ur)
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Health officials have cautioned that Chagas is difficult to contract from kissing bugs despite their vectoring ability, and it comes down to their feces.
"DPH and DDA jointly contacted Texas A&M University's Kissing Bug Citizen Science Program, a multidisciplinary research program aimed at documenting and collecting kissing bugs from across the United States.
Conenose or kissing bugs. College Station, TX: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension; 2019.
Human Chagas disease is caused by the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, acquired primarily through contact with infected excreta of triatomine insects (known as "kissing bugs").
The organism is spread by kissing bugs, named for their preference to feed on the faces of their human hosts.
Transmission occurs when triatomine bugs, commonly called "kissing bugs," pierce the skin to feed and leave behind parasite-infected feces that can enter the bloodstream; pregnant women can also transmit Chagas to their newborns.
Chagas Disease is caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi transmitted primarily by insects known as "kissing bugs." The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there are more than 300,000 individuals with Trypanosoma cruzi infection that live inthe United States, with 30,000-45,000 cardiomyopathy cases and fewer than 500 congenital infections annually.
Chapters 9 through 18 describe the importance, distribution and impact on human health for the following blood-sucking arthropods: mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, lice, sand flies, tsetse flies, black flies, bed bugs, kissing bugs and mites.
In Tucson, we also have lots of kissing bugs and packrats, the intermediate host for Chagas disease.
Triatominae (Hemiptera, Reduviidae) is a subfamily of hematophagous insects known as "kissing bugs" whose members are principally distributed throughout the Neotropical region [1-3].