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Jan. 13th, 2006 @ 02:52 pm US Triatoma border update
Since the release of this article, Chaga's disease and the concern for Triatoma bugs, particularily Triatoma gerstaeckeri, has dramatically raised public awareness.  I have personally identified numerous hemipterans that appear to superifically resemble the potential vector, as well as a few of the actual beasties.  Triatomids do exist in the Trans Pecos region of Texas, but as yet, we have not collected any that have tested positive for Trypanosoma cruzi.  That being said, protosomal organisms have been detected, but as yet, we don't know what they are.  This has been the work on a colleage of mine here at Sul Ross, and other folks at UTEP.  If folks in this part of the country find actual Triatoma gerstaeckeri, please contact me so we can potential have the critter tested.
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