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.