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'Kissing Bugs' Plague South Texas, Says UT's Bug Philosopher Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Sun, Oct 23, 2011, 06:29 PM

University of Texas at Austin Professor Sahotra Sarkar, who teaches a course on bug philosophy, has issued a pandemic alert that so-called “kissing bugs” from Central and South America are swarming north of the Texas-Mexico border and causing fatal heart infections of residents in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

The Houston Chronicle reports that, “a new public health hazard has arrived in the Lower Rio Grande Valley: a bug indigenous to Central and South America carrying a parasite that can cause potentially fatal heart and digestive problems.”

The insect is commonly referred to as “kissing bug” – Chinche in Spanish. They carry a protozoan parasite known as Trypanosoma Cruzi that can inflict potentially lethal Chagas disease, as reported by the Monitor of McAllen on Sunday.

According to the Houston Chronicle, “at highest risk along the border are Hidalgo and Cameron counties, said Teresa Patricia Feria, an assistant biology at the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburgh who is leading the effort to collect the bug found around the Valley.”

Apparently, human breath and carbon dioxide attract the insect to someone’s face normally around the mouth or eyes, Feria, the bug philosopher, disclosed. He explained the bug feeds on blood, but the bite itself is not the transmitting mechanism for the fatal disease.

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written by rosiegirl , October 26, 2011

SO THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HIRES A MIDDLE EASTERN "PROFESSOR" TO TEACH A CLASS ON "BUG PHILOSOPHY" AND WE WONDER WHY OUR TEXAS UNIVERSITIES HAVE SUCH DISMAL CONTROL OVER COSTS, EXPENSES, AND DROP OUT RATES.

GIVE ME A BREAK....WHOEVER AUTHORIZED THIS ACADEMIC BOONDOGGLE NEEDS TO BE RUN OUT OF AUSTIN AFTER BEING TARRED AND FEATHERED.

IS EVERYONE CRAZY!!!!!




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