Texas Canines Found Carrying Potentially Deadly Parasite
Chagas, a parasite-born disease that can be potentially deadly to people, is currently being carried by canines in Texas, according to the journal "Emerging Infectious Diseases." Dogs do not directly spread the disease; it is caused by a parasite dubbed as the "kissing bug." The parasite bites people while they're sleeping on the face or lips and spreads the disease through fecal matter. Around 300,000 people in the U.S. are infected with the parasite, with about a third of the infected suffering from heart or digestive tract damage. The disease is thought to have originated in Latin America where 8 million people are infected.
By Jordan Moses
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