ID#: 14934
This illustration depicts a dorsal view of the kissing bug, Triatoma rubida. Some of its key morphologic characteristics included: a pale margin around the outer edge of the abdomen, and though not visible here, inferiorly, a longitudinally flattened abdomen; its first antennal segment that reached, or surpassed the tip of its head; its mouthparts bore long hairs at their tips; though not apparent here, an overall coloration that was light reddish brown, to dark brown; a pronotum that was dark with light areas on its sides. T. rubida and other kissing bugs are vectors for Chagas disease, which is transmitted during human contact with the feces of an infected Triatomine sp. vector. Chagas is caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, and is incurable. Note that the inset described the distribution of Triatoma rubida in the Southwestern United States.
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Content Provider(s): CDC/ Dr. H. Scott
Creation Date: 1961
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CDC Organization
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