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Chagas Disease Parasite Prevalent in Texas 'Kissing Bugs'

Chagas Disease Parasite Prevalent in Texas 'Kissing Bugs'

Blood-sucking insects commonly found in Texas are often carriers of a deadly parasite that causes Chagas disease, a new study finds.

The bugs -- also known as "assassin bugs" or "kissing bugs" -- can carry a parasite called Trypanosoma cruzi that causes Chagas disease, said researchers from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Texas residents appear to be at much greater risk for this disease than previously thought, the researchers warned.

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