At least 400 dogs have died from Chagas disease in Texas, yet these are only the cases that were discovered and reported.
How many animals with cardiac disease or heart attacks are actually sent for extended testing following their death?
In Texas alone it is estimated that the insects which transmit the disease are infected at a rate of 17-48%. Other states may not even do any testing for the disease in insects, thus it is difficult to say exactly how many insects are positive for the disease in your area. Transmission occurs when fecal material gets rubbed into the bite wound or into a mucous membrane. Dogs also can contract the disease by eating the bugs.
These kissing bugs live under porches, in cracks between walls, under rocks, under cement, in forested areas, or in outdoor dog houses or chicken coups.
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