ID#: 14935
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 approximately ¼ of the abdominal segment; mouthparts that are relatively hairless; a pronotum that is black, with orange-red, to yellowish sides and top margins; the tip of the scutellum is long and narrow; there are distinctive orange-red to yellowish markings on its 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 that the inset described the distribution of Triatoma rubida in the Southwestern United States.
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Content Provider(s): CDC
Creation Date: 1958
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