A new study from Penn Medicine researchers in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics demonstrated that bed bugs, like the triatomines, can transmit Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas disease, one of the most prevalent and deadly diseases in the Americas.
Can you get a disease from bed bug bites?
Do bed bugs spread disease? Bed bugs are not known to spread disease. Bed bugs can be an annoyance because their presence may cause itching and loss of sleep. Sometimes the itching can lead to excessive scratching that can sometimes increase the chance of a secondary skin infection.
What does bed bug bite cause?
Bed bug bites can cause a number of problems ranging from allergies, itching, swelling, and insomnia to anaphylactic shock. Bed bugs bite at night while you are sleeping and your defense is weak. You can be bitten as many as 500 times in a single night in the event of a serious infestation.
Are bed bugs harmful to humans?
While bed bugs may be a nuisance, they’re usually not considered dangerous. The most common health issue is related to the itching that often comes along with bed bug bites. Many people experience red bumps or welts on their skin within a couple of days of a bed bug attack.