Derrick Posted October 29, 2014 Report Share Posted October 29, 2014 Danger. The blood-sucking reduviid bug Triatoma ryckmani is a carrier of a parasite that causes Chagas or American trypanosomiasis a potentially fatal infectious disease. Unfortunately the bug inhabits this epiphyte in the semiarid regions of Guatemala and probably elsewhere. “In our study site, we investigated 30 T. xerographica, and 53 specimens of T. ryckmani were found. Most T. ryckmani (68.5%) were unfed. If T. xerographica is commercialized without adequate inspections, accidental introduction of T. ryckmani to homes and to other countries may occur. (Marroquín et al. 2004.) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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