Tropical disease "Chagas" being labeled "The New AIDS"

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    Jun 01, 2012 12:42 AM GMT
    icon_eek.gif Well ain't that fanfuckin'tastic.

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/chagas-tropical-disease-really-aids-145745645.html
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    Jun 01, 2012 12:45 AM GMT
    Well at least you can go on the pill for HIV. This one you can't!

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    Jun 01, 2012 12:46 AM GMT
    You know I saw a report about that earlier. Something about it being delivered by bugs (EDIT: NOT like mosquitoes, or other biting insects) and you scratch the bite and ta-dah! Parasite gained.

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    Jun 01, 2012 12:47 AM GMT
    The symptoms and complications where your heart and intestines enlargen and burst causing sudden death remind me of Cloverfield.

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    Jun 01, 2012 12:52 AM GMT
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002348/

    It's when those insects bite you and suck blood, they also let parasites onto you. I never heard of this before, I really hope they're not in this country.
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    Jun 01, 2012 1:08 AM GMT
    Wait a minute I was misinformed apparently these bugs carry the parasite

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    Thats what I get for not following up on the article I read icon_evil.gif
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    Jun 01, 2012 1:10 AM GMT
    Claystation saidWait a minute I was misinformed apparently these bugs carry the parasite

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    Jun 01, 2012 1:10 AM GMT
    I saw a report on this today, but comparing to AIDS seems a bit exaggerated. It's a nasty disease, but only 20% of the people infected develop a life threatening form of the disease.
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    Jun 01, 2012 1:11 AM GMT
    KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!!!
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    Jun 01, 2012 1:13 AM GMT
    I now wish I lived in a concrete jungle... this thing sounds worse than HIV because at least you can avoid getting that.
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    Jun 01, 2012 1:15 AM GMT
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002348/
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    Jun 01, 2012 1:18 AM GMT
    Apparently malaria wasn't enough of a global problem?
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    Jun 01, 2012 1:19 AM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidPretty good reason to bring back DDT


    NO. DDT kills the good bugs, bees, etc... There are better solutions. A couple of years ago, genetically engineered mosquitoes were created to mate with wild mosquitoes (that transmit diseases) ... to create self-destruct lavaes. Probably something like this is being engineered.
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    Jun 01, 2012 1:19 AM GMT
    Use protection - cover it up! Sleeping under mosquito nets can reduce risks of these guys and avoiding sleeping under thatched roofs in higher-risk areas.
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    Jun 01, 2012 1:22 AM GMT
    it's so funny how all of a sudden this shit becomes news.

    This fuckin disease has been in south and central america for decades. This shit ain't new. icon_rolleyes.gif


    hype hype hype hype...


    what's the disease last week the media really latched onto? That flesh eating disease?.....

    guess that one got boring.
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    Jun 01, 2012 1:26 AM GMT
    Import saidit's so funny how all of a sudden this shit becomes news.

    This fuckin disease has been in south and central america for decades. This shit ain't new. icon_rolleyes.gif


    hype hype hype hype...


    what's the disease last week the media really latched onto? That flesh eating disease?.....

    guess that one got boring.


    Its called a slow news day, they can only milk the Romney misspell hoopla for so long
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    Jun 01, 2012 1:32 AM GMT
    Well, being that Ariodante lives in Mexico or is from there or whatever. Perhaps it hits especially close to home....no pun intended OOOOoooOOOOO snap!!!
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    Jun 01, 2012 5:14 AM GMT
    oh actually i studied these "kissing bugs" in my work, because we treat Chagas disease primarily in Latin America.

    the insects are vectors for a Trypanosoma parasite. they live in rural areas, and prefer shade from the hot sun, especially during their breeding season. they lay eggs on leaves. rural populations often clear the land during harvest season and construct a farm house "casa de basura" structure out of the plants and trees and leaves which these bugs like to lay their eggs. so, the bugs come into the homes of rural populations, lay their eggs in the walls of the houses, and then they come out at night for feeding - biting humans or livestock and feeding on the blood, leaving a large open welt on the skin. the bugs' feces contains the parasite, and when people scratch the bite site, they inadvertantly rub the parasite into their blood stream.

    the parasite is a slow-moving bullet, taking years (sometimes decades) after infection to replicate to such a point that the parasite inhabits the internal organs and causes heart failure (among other things). its a poorly researched disease, with even less drug development for treatment (simply because its not a profitable disease in the eyes of big pharmaceuticals) and not a wealthy population which is affected by it.

    the trouble is that Chagas is now infecting N.America, because the bugs are either transported on tourists' luggage, or tourists were unknowingly infected by the parasites and carry it back with them in their bloodstream.

    more advocacy needs to be done on this.
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    Jun 01, 2012 5:18 AM GMT
    kingmo saidthe trouble is that Chagas is now infecting N.America, because the bugs are either transported on tourists' luggage, or tourists were unknowingly infected by the parasites and carry it back with them in their bloodstream.


    In addition, thanks to climate change, the bugs' habitat has been expanding northward, and now possibly includes parts of central and southern Texas and southern Florida.
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    Jun 01, 2012 5:22 AM GMT
    Claystation saidWait a minute I was misinformed apparently these bugs carry the parasite

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    Thats what I get for not following up on the article I read icon_evil.gif


    Ewwwww I hate bugs!!
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    Jun 01, 2012 5:35 AM GMT
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    kingmo saidthe trouble is that Chagas is now infecting N.America, because the bugs are either transported on tourists' luggage, or tourists were unknowingly infected by the parasites and carry it back with them in their bloodstream.


    In addition, thanks to climate change, the bugs' habitat has been expanding northward, and now possibly includes parts of central and southern Texas and southern Florida.


    I'm waiting for the Conservapussies' handlers to trumpet that this is God's retribution upon the sinful for wearing cloth of wool and linen mixed together.
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    Jun 01, 2012 5:44 AM GMT
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    uh-oh looks like we need to tighten our borders again... (bugs and weird shit don't live here)
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    Jun 01, 2012 7:52 AM GMT
    MarkRoger saidhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002348/

    It's when those insects bite you and suck blood, they also let parasites onto you. I never heard of this before, I really hope they're not in this country.


    not exactly. they're called the kissing bug because you feed on your blood... from your face... while you're sleeping. they also then defecate on you, and it's the defecation that contains the parasite. if they defecate into your eye or you rub it your eye, you can contract it that way, but it's also common that people scratch at the itch and unintentionally rub the defecation into the bite that's now exposed due to the scratching. so unlike mosquitoes, they don't directly insert the parasite via feeding.
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    Jun 01, 2012 7:55 AM GMT
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    MarkRoger saidhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002348/

    It's when those insects bite you and suck blood, they also let parasites onto you. I never heard of this before, I really hope they're not in this country.


    not exactly. they're called the kissing bug because you feed on your blood... from your face... while you're sleeping. they also then defecate on you, and it's the defecation the contains the parasite. if they defecate into your eye or you rub it your eye, you can contract it that way, but it's also common that people scratch at the itch and unintentionally rub the defecation into the bit that is now exposed due to the scratching. so unlike mosquitoes, they don't directly insert the parasite via feeding.


    I like how these bugs deftly manipulate a legal loophole where they can successfully argue in court you're the one who infected yourself.
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    Jun 01, 2012 7:59 AM GMT
    Ariodante said
    calibro said
    MarkRoger saidhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002348/

    It's when those insects bite you and suck blood, they also let parasites onto you. I never heard of this before, I really hope they're not in this country.


    not exactly. they're called the kissing bug because you feed on your blood... from your face... while you're sleeping. they also then defecate on you, and it's the defecation the contains the parasite. if they defecate into your eye or you rub it your eye, you can contract it that way, but it's also common that people scratch at the itch and unintentionally rub the defecation into the bit that is now exposed due to the scratching. so unlike mosquitoes, they don't directly insert the parasite via feeding.


    I like how these bugs deftly manipulate a legal loophole where they can successfully argue in court you're the one who infected yourself.


    they're the charles mansons of epidemic diseases