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News and updates from the statewide UC Master Gardener Program office.
by Gabriele A O'Neill
on December 3, 2015 at 3:00 PM
4th paragraph, line 2: I imagine you mean a "sturdy" body?
by Melissa G. Womack
on December 8, 2015 at 10:02 AM
Hi Gabriele,  
Thank you for your edits, it has been corrected.  
by Herb Machleder
on January 2, 2016 at 12:18 PM
Your mention that the infectious parasite is passed in the bugs feces reminded me of an important factor in the disease transmission,that people should be aware of:  
The bug usually bites at night and very near the persons cheekbone. While sucking blood, the bug passes feces in the same area. When the person rubs or scratches the bite, the feces enter the wound or the corner of the eye, and that's how the infection is transmitted. The person usually awakens with a characteristic swelling at the bite site or of both eyelids.  
Transmission by bug bite is very uncommon in the U.S., and transmission through infected blood transfusion has been eliminated by pre screening blood donations.  
During 2 years as a Peace Corps Physician in rural Ecuador, I encountered quite a few cases, and the Luis Vernaza hospital had a ward just for Chagas cases.
on May 21, 2016 at 11:25 PM
Have had several conenose in my home within the last week--live rurally and am familiar enough with conenose to know I'm not mistaken. I'm trying to figure out how to get the two bugs that I've kept as samples tested to see if they are able to transmit Chagas--we had this done by USC two decades ago but I don't know if they still do that. Very concerned, please advise. Thank you tremendously.
Reply by Lauren Snowden
on May 24, 2016 at 9:17 AM
Hi ACFJ- Please read out to your local UC Extension office and UC Master Gardener Program A glove or small plastic bag may be used to catch the bug to avoid direct contact with the bug. You can take a photo or you can capture the bug (don't tough)and store in a sealed plastic bag, in a vial, or other small container. Take note of where the bug was found, date, time, found alive or dead, what was the bug doing.
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