'Kissing bug' disease prompts growing concern in U.S.

"Nearly 8 million people have Chagas disease, a life-threatening illness passed to humans by "kissing bugs," or triatomines, living in Latin America. About 11,000 people per year die of the disease, but its association with immigration and poverty may be preventing widespread awareness, activists say. In the U.S., few people know about the disease — but the CDC figures that some 300,000 people may be infected here. In countries like Bolivia, which has the highest rate of Chagas in the world, it's standard practice to screen expectant mothers for the disease, since they could pass it on to their children, but in the U.S., doctors rarely think to check for the illness."

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