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    Researchers are collecting and studying kissing bugs in Arizona for evidence of the parasite that's causes Chagas Disease.

Kissing bugs (Triatoma species) are the leading vector for Chagas disease. These insects can transmit the protozoan parasite, Trypanosoma cruzi. Very little is known on how the kissing bug can impact humans here in Arizona. A group of researchers at the University of Arizona are studying the kissing bugs found in our state. We are interested in learning more on the ecology of these insects and their relationship with humans. 

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