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ID#:14935
Description:This image depicts a dorsal view of the Eastern bloodsucking conenose, or the Mexican bed bug, Triatoma sanguisuga, which is a Triatominae family member of “kissing bugs”.

Some of its key characteristics include:

- Orange-red to yellowish horizontal markings covering =¼ of abdominal segment

- Mouthparts relatively hairless

- Pronotum black with orange-red to yellowish side and top margins

- Tip of scutellum long, narrow

- Distinctive orange-red to yellowish markings on wings
T. sanguisuga 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 sanguisuga in the Southeastern United States.

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Content Providers(s):CDC
Creation Date:1958
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Links:CDC – Global Health - Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria; 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 sanguisuga
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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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