How can I get sick?
- Triatomine bugs are the insect that can spread the disease. The blood sucking insects can pass the infection* to humans through a bite. Poop from the insects can also enter a human’s body through an open cut or through the nose and mouth.
Symptoms in humans:
There are two phases known as the acute* and chronic* phase.
Acute Phase* (the first weeks to months of infection)
Some people may have no symptoms while others may have mild symptoms.
- Fever (when your body gets a little hotter than normal)
- Feeling very tired
- Body pain
- Not feeling hungry
- Diarrhea (runny poop)
- Throwing up
- Swelling eyelids
Chronic Phase* (can last a very long time or your entire life)
- Heart complications
- Enlarged heart
- Heart failure
- Cardiac arrest
- Stomach complications
- Enlarged esophagus or colon
What can I do to stay healthy?
- Use insect repellent*
- Use bed nets
- Wear protective clothing that covers the skin.
- Check your surroundings and sleeping area if you’re traveling to an area with Triatomine bugs.
- Acute: Your symptoms may come on quickly and may require short-term care. You will get better overtime once treated by your doctor.
- Chronic: Illness that a person has for a long time or illness that goes away for some time and keeps coming back.
- Infection: When germs enter your body and begin to increase.
- Insect Repellent: Product applied to skin, clothing or surfaces to keep insects away.
- Parasite: A parasite is an organism that lives on or inside another organism, called a host. Parasites can cause diseases in humans or animals.