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ID#:14934
Description:This illustration depicts a dorsal view of the “kissing bug”, Triatoma rubida.

Some of its key characteristics include:

- Pale margin around outer edge of abdomen, abdomen flattened longitudinally underneath

- 1st antennal segment reaches or surpasses tip of head

- Mouthparts with long hairs at tip

- Overall color light reddish brown to dark brown

- Pronotum dark with light areas on 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 the distribution of Triatoma rubida in the Southwestern United States.

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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Dr. H. Scott
Creation Date:1961
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Links:CDC – Global Health - Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria; Parasites - American Trypanosomiasis (also known as Chagas Disease)
CDC - Parasites - American Trypanosomiasis (also known as Chagas Disease)
CDC – Global Health - Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria; Parasites - American Trypanosomiasis (also known as Chagas Disease):Triatoma rubida
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Copyright Restrictions:None - This image is in the public domain and thus free of any copyright restrictions. As a matter of courtesy we request that the content provider be credited and notified in any public or private usage of this image.

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