Entitled, “Kissing Bug”, this image was captured by CDC Biomedical Photographer, James Gathany. The image depicts Ellen Dotson, DSc, as she gets up close and personal with the “kissing bug”, Triatoma pallidipennis, as it perched on her gloved finger. The bug earns its name by its proclivity for biting the lips of sleeping human victims for a blood meal. In the process, it can transfer Chagas, a disease that kills tens of thousands of people in Central and South America. A major focus of Dr. Dotson’s work is on Chagas disease, which can cause serious heart and digestive disorders.