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Hi Folks,

I just came across this, it is really known as an assassin. Their are several strains of the creaps. Does anyone know anything much?

http://www.heteroptera.ucr.edu/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=39&Itemid=58


We have started to monitor the distributions of species of Triatoma and Paratriatoma in Southern California, using light traps. During the season of 2007 (June-August), we exclusively collected

specimens of Triatoma protracta and Paratriatoma hirsuta. At most localities, only single specimens of T. protacta were found, but entomologist Chris Conlan, who is running a light trap at his house in San Diego Co. supplied us with hundreds of specimens collected over a 2 month period of time.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triatoma

Several strains

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Yes, this bug has been found even in New Jersey.


Since people travel so widely, and shipping has a world-wide reach, I think Chagas should be considered/ ruled out for every patient with chronic fatigue and heart problems.


As part of a PBS special on the heart a couple years ago, they did an entire segment on this. Fascinating. Symptoms are very much like those of lyme.


Links from that:

http://www.pbs.org/search/search_results.html?q=heart%2C+Chagas&btnG.x=7&btnG.y=9


Excerpt:

MAGDAL GONZAGA DE SILVA - Chagas Disease

Dr. Rassi in Goiania reports that two months after Magdal received his implantable defibrillator the device fired, resetting his heart's rhythm. When last examined in September, he was doing very well.

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You can see the entire heart program for free on line. The section featuring MAGDAL GONZAGA DE SILVA - Chagas Disease is from segment Episode two: "The Spark of Life"

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/heart/episode2/index.html

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Dear Keebler,

Thanks so much for your wisdom. I read somewhere they can carry up to 50 different parasites infections. Check this out.

At the beginning of the 19th century Charles Darwin made one of the first reports of the existence of triatomines in America in his Journal and Remarks, commonly known as The Voyage of the Beagle. The following is an extract of what he wrote on 25 March 1835:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triatominae

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Interesting link.

I usually love Wiki for links such as this. Generally, it's well organized and with great photos, etc. (but too bad they've really botched their credibility by trashing their link about lyme).

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Five threads come up under a search for 'Chagas' (in the medical forum, subject heading) here at LymeNet:

http://flash.lymenet.org/scripts/ultimatebb.cgi


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Hi Folks,

does anyone know if this leaves a target rash as well?

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It's the poop it leaves from which the infection springs. As I recall, there can be some irritation from that poop's reaction to the skin. People often scratch that after the fact and it can become inflamed (with the broken skin then letting in the infection) but I do not recall having read about a hallmark rash.


I'm sure there may be links somewhere to photos of the kinds of irritation, though. There may be a foundation site for Chagas.


As the bites usually happen during the night, people are usually unaware.


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This is just from a little bit of searching but I'm done with this and moving on to domestic matters now that my brain has had a little exercise and needs to rest now.


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http://www.chagaspace.org/eng/medicalinformation/clinicalinformation.htm

The ChagraSpace group


Excerpt: ``Rash: Patients may develop a rash. No itching occurs, and the rash clears in several days.''


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Higashi KO, de Castro SL. Propolis extracts are effective against Trypanosoma cruzi and have an impact on its interaction with host cells. J Ethnopharmacol . 1994;43:149-155.

Check below the article Bee Propolis can help in the treatment .I wonder why BRUSSELS have mentioned this product several times.


http://www.harthosp.org/HealthLibrary/NaturalAlternativeTreatments/default.aspx?chunkiid=21542#ref1


also other alternatives..check the articles if you DO A SEARCH under CHAGAS : below

http://www.harthosp.org/HealthLibrary/NaturalAlternativeTreatments/Homeopathy/default.aspx

One of them :
http://www.harthosp.org/HealthLibrary/NaturalAlternativeTreatments/Homeopathy/default.aspx?chunkiid=92413


http://news.bio-medicine.org/biology-news-3/New-hope-for-Chagas-disease-treatment-12424-2/

cases in LOUISIANA
http://news.bio-medicine.org/biology-news-3/Loyola-prof--aids-in-discovery-of-first-case-of-insect-transmission-of-Chagas-parasite-in-Louisiana-3325-1/

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