The tiny bug with a potentially deadly kiss is continuing its spread up the East Coast.

The American Heart Association has released a report about the rise of the little insect in southern states.

According to the report, a number of species of Triatomine insects (aka ‘kissing bugs’) have been spreading the Chagas disease.

The ‘kissing bug’ bites sleeping people on their face, usually near the eyes or mouths, hence the nickname. The bugs then defecate at the site of the bite, essentially injecting their feces into the wound.

If the bug was infected with T. cruzi, an infection of the Chagas disease will follow.

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