This Bug Is Spreading Across The United States, And It Doesn’t Have To Bite In Order To Kill You

This Bug Is Spreading Across The United States, And It Doesn’t Have To Bite In Order To Kill You

There’s another parasitic illness epidemic that’s spreading across the United States, so take note. Doctors are warning of a disease called Chagas, which can cause strokes and heart failure and has so far sickened 300,000 American in 27 states. An insect known as the “kissing bug” transmits Chagas disease. The bug is so named because they typically bite a person’s face, near their mouth.

Unfortunately, there aren’t many symptoms to show that a person has been infected with the disease. According to reports, the disease has been mostly found in Central and South America, but 300,000 cases have been reported in the U.S.

The American Heart Association released a statement to warn that doctors need to better recognize, diagnose and treat Chagas disease or else it will become a huge outbreak.

According to the Daily Mail, “Chagas disease is caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, which lives in the gut of a bug that transmits the disease, the triatomine insect, which is also known as the ‘kissing bug.’”

The disease spreads through the bug’s feces as they feed on a person, they defecate and, if those feces is accidentally rubbed into a wound or eye, an infection can develop.

There are two phases, with the first being acute, which lasts a few weeks or months after the infection, according to the CDC. Symptoms during this stage include fever, headache, fatigue, rash, or swelling near the bite wound or where the feces were deposited or rubbed into the eye.

There are some anti-parasitic medications that can treat Chagas during this stage with a 60 to 90 percent success rate, according to the AHA.

The second phase is the chronic stage, in which the parasites have entered the heart muscles and digestive muscles and, according to the Daily Mail, “about 30 percent will develop an enlarged heart, arrhythmias, or an enlarged esophagus and colon.”

This can result in complications such as stroke or cardiac arrest. There are no drugs that will cure Chagas in the chronic state, but medication may slow the disease’s progression down for those under age 50.

In the United States, most of the reported cases are in the south and west, including Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Arizona, and California.

Dr. Caryn Bern, a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California in San Francisco, notes in the statement: “Early detection of Chagas disease is critical, allowing prompt initiation of therapy when the evidence for cure is strong.”

One commenter on the Daily Mail‘s coverage of this illness has seen these bugs in their area, noting: “These bugs are all over the Charlotte, NC area. They have a very mechanical, prehistoric way of walking… like a robot or dinosaur. It’s kind of fascinating to watch. They are also very large, almost the size of my palm (I’m a petite female) so that helps to keep them outside, to a degree… but they used to get in through our fireplaces, at my old house, and I woke up to one walking away from the foot of my bed one morning, about 5 years ago, and was not happy about that, as I was well aware of the disease they carry and how it’s transmitted.”

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When We Found These Strange Nests, We Couldn’t Resist The Urge To Know What Lives Inside

One of the first things you may have learned as a child is just how birds build nests.

It is a staple in just about every children’s book as they learn how to read – a pair of birds, laying eggs and raising chicks in a nest nestled safely within the branches of a tree.

As we grow older, we come to realize that nests can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

And, as it turns out, there are now nests out there that can hold up to over a few hundred birds!

The Kalahari Desert, located in South Africa, is home to dozens of weaver bird species.

The males of these species are known to build some of the most elaborate and safest nests in the world.

These nests are often insulated and waterproof, and are often so well-built they resemble thatched roofs.

These nests are meant to attract the female in hopes she will decide that the nest is suitable for her eggs.

Some of these birds, like the Cape Weaver Bird, happen to be polygynous, which often means that not only are the nests bigger than you would normally expect them to be, you may find each nest containing up to seven females at the same time.

But what about birds that decide they want to open up their home to others?

The Sociable Weaver Bird is a bird that lives in organized colonies.

You would immediately assume that is where they got their name from, but that isn’t the whole picture.

Instead, these birds are known to be “social” because they build nests so massive, they end up being home to several other bird species at the same time!

In fact, birds like the South African pygmy falcon will only home in nests built by the social weaver and no other.

This means that you can have up to 500 different birds from all kinds of species living in the same nest.

With just how rare trees are in a desert, however, the social weaver has to adapt.

Ann and Steve Toon, a couple aged 60-years-old and 56-years-old respectively, were met with a pleasant surprise when they recently visited Northern Cape’s Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in South Africa.

There, the social weaver birds have not only successfully adapted to human presence, but are even taking advantage of the infrastructure humans have installed!

In pictures that the couple later posted to the internet, these ingenious little birds managed to build their massive, several-ton nests on telephone poles and road signs found all over the park.

They make for an incredible sight, and can easily grow to heights of 13 feet as the birds continue expanding the nest and adding more chambers for its friends.

Not bad for a bird that averages out at a length of five and a half inches!

Just about everyone who has seen these nests, either in person or via pictures circulating the internet, have been in awe of just how huge these nests are.

They do make for quite a fascinating sight!

Sad Dog Is Found Left Alone At Train Station Tied To A Luggage Full Of His Favorite Belongings

A train station in Scotland became temporary home for an abandoned young Sharpei mix dog.

He was discovered stranded and tied to a suitcase filled with such items as toys, a pillow, a food dish and some pet food. He was given the name Kai.

The photos of this lonely and abandoned creature, whose one eye required immediate medical attention, soon went viral.

Animal lovers from around the globe expressed their outrage that this poor, defenseless dog would have been treated in such a callous manner.

Under Scotland’s Animal Health and Protection Act, passed in 2006, it is a federal offense in that country to abandon animals.

Anyone arrested and found guilty of such cruelty is prohibited from ever owning other pets.

When SPCA official checked to see if Kai had an implanted microchip, they discovered he did and that led them to an individual who claimed they had sold the dog three years ago.

No one could come forward with any information about who actually owned Kai or who might have abandoned him at the station.

Several months after photos of Kai appeared online, a mother came forward, claiming she had agreed to purchase the dog.

But when she arrived at the train station, the dog she saw was totally different than what she had seen in the advertisement.

Before she could protest, Kai’s owner ran to his car and sped away.

The woman, accompanied by her asthmatic daughter, panicked and also left, leaving Kai behind with his suitcase of favorite things, all alone to fend for himself.

Animal officials then went to work finding Kai a suitable home with a caring owner who would never abandon him again.

One loving owner stood from among the hundred of applicants who asked to adopt Kai, who finally found the forever home he deserved in the first place.

Man Spots Weird Creatures In The Forest, Now Everyone Thinks His Photos Are Fake

Man Spots Weird Creatures In The Forest, Now Everyone Thinks His Photos Are Fake

Even if you spent your entire life learning all the species of animals on planet Earth, you’d fall hopelessly short of knowing everything. With about 5,400 species of mammals, 3,750 species of lizards and 3,000 species of snakes, 10,000 species of birds, 33,000 species of fish, and as few as 2 million and as many as 30 million total species of insects crawling across the face of this planet.

With an abundance of life all around us, it is no wonder that new species of animals keep cropping up in our awareness. As humanity develops new technology and new equipment to go further and deeper into the wilderness all around us, we will continue to learn about new species and identify others that never before were found by man.

Ever since the invention of the internet, people have gotten exposed to new and exotic things. That’s one of the great things about the internet – you can learn a lot in a short span of time. If you want to discover bizarre critters all over the planet, all you need to do is a quick internet image search, and your eyes will be bombarded with unique and cute critters.

An amateur photographer named Kaushik Vijayan was visiting a dense rainforest in India. And while he knew that he was going to see some amazing wildlife, one critter stood out from the rest as being utterly bizarre and unique. He had never even heard about Malabar giant multicolored squirrels, but once he saw one in the flesh, he would never forget it for the rest of his life.

While visiting the subcontinent’s rainforest, he witnessed one of these giant squirrels for himself and managed to capture it on film. Now his images of the Malabar giant multicolored squirrels are spreading across the internet as more and more people see what Kaushik saw that day he ventured deep into the rainforest on a mission to photograph some of nature’s most exotic creatures.

During an interview with SWNS, the amateur photographer admitted that he found the squirrels mesmerizing. Their hair which ranged in hue from purple to maroon, to red, to orange, to brown left him spellbound – he was utterly transfixed when the Malabar giant multicolored squirrel bounded into view.

“The squirrels fascinated me, and I got excited to capture this beauty on my camera,” he told SWNS.

More than twice as large as the eastern gray squirrel – the most common variety in the United States – these rainforest dwellers are massive and utterly gorgeous to behold. It’s no wonder that Kaushik found them fascinating. According to The Dodo, these squirrels can measure about 36 inches from head to tail – that’s large for a rodent!

“The sight was an absolute feast for my eyes,” he told the news site.

These animals can leap 20 feet from tree to tree. They’re quick and can span a large distance. They’re also at risk of going extinct. A squirrel expert said: “The real threat is the slow loss and degradation of forested habitats as humans move in and as climate change impacts higher elevation areas.”

What do you think about these amazing animals?

Heartless Owner Surrenders Dog Near The End Of His Life To Shelter Because He’s ‘Stupid’

Figgy is a black male poodle that has lived for over 18 years.

Before a kindly person took him into her home, ownership of Figgy was handed off to a shelter.

While shelters are sometimes the best place for a home that is unable to properly care for a dog, Figgy’s previous owners turned him over to a shelter because the wife loathed him to the point of referring to Figgy as stupid.Figgy

Between his small stature, blindness and fearfulness, no doubt instilled into him by his previous owner’s wife, Figgy had no idea what would happen to him.

San Francisco, California-based Muttville Senior Dog Rescue rose to the occasion to ensure Figgy’s last days would be spent in a loving home.

After securing him from his shelter, the rescue organization brought Figgy in touch with Eileen, a hospice mom.

Eileen loved Figgy from the first time she met him and Figgy seemed to indicate a similar level of appreciation the moment Eileen took him into her arms.

Figgy’s final days will be spent basking in Eileen’s adoration and care.

15-Year-Old Dog Cries As Owner Leaves Her Behind And Walks Out With Young Dog

This story will break your heart. A family came to a shelter with their 15-year-old Cocker Spaniel, named Cookie. They surrendered the dog.

Why? Who knows. Maybe they couldn’t handle the older dog any longer.

But the worst part of the story is that the family then proceeded to adopt a new puppy. How could they be so cruel?

Just give up the old dog and replace her with a puppy?

Dogs are not things – they are living creatures with feelings. You can’t just trade them in for a ‘new’ model.

Cookie saw the whole thing. I wish the shelter would not have let them take a new dog when they had just left one. That doesn’t seem right.

Take a look at this video

Those people will be back when the black lab they just adopted gets too old and replace it too.

Cookie was soon removed from the shelter and given a new home, thanks to Brittney Place.

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Person Comes Across A Crying Rottweiler Who’s Nose, Ears And Tail Were Chopped Off

A $2,500 reward is being offered by the Michigan Humane Society.

They want the person responsible for removing a Rottweiler’s ears and nose found and arrested.

A citizen saw the seriously injured dog and called the MHS. The dog was taken to MHS’ Mackey Center for Animal Care for treatment.

No doubt his injuries had caused a great deal of suffering.

Not only did someone intentionally cut off his ears and nose, but he also had cuts on his back legs, and his tail is gone.

Despite this horrible abuse, the chocolate Rottie mix is very friendly.

Mark Ramos, the lead investigator, said the dog is expected to recover and will be put up for adoption.

Take a look at this image

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Please help MHS find the beast who caused this dog so much pain.

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[h/t Pet Rescue Report]

15-Year-Old Dog Cries As Owner Leaves Her Behind And Walks Out With Young Dog

This story will break your heart. A family came to a shelter with their 15-year-old Cocker Spaniel, named Cookie. They surrendered the dog.

Why? Who knows. Maybe they couldn’t handle the older dog any longer.

But the worst part of the story is that the family then proceeded to adopt a new puppy. How could they be so cruel?

Just give up the old dog and replace her with a puppy?

Dogs are not things – they are living creatures with feelings. You can’t just trade them in for a ‘new’ model.

Cookie saw the whole thing. I wish the shelter would not have let them take a new dog when they had just left one. That doesn’t seem right.

Take a look at this video

Those people will be back when the black lab they just adopted gets too old and replace it too.

Cookie was soon removed from the shelter and given a new home, thanks to Brittney Place.

Share away, people.

Man Sees Lifeless Stray Dog And Starts Performing CPR Until Dog Is Breathing Again

A pet shop owner in the Turkish Black sea province of Rize ran into big trouble while recently feeding a stray dog.

One minute he was happily giving the hungry puppy some food by hand, and the next minute the dog had stopped breathing.

Luckily, Omer Yilmaz was passing by the pet shop when he heard the owner’s calls for help.

His quick thinking and calm demeanor helped to save the dog’s life when he quickly sized up the situation and determined that the puppy was choking on a piece of meat that the pet store owner had been feeding him.

First, he tried to dislodge the small piece of sausage from the dog’s mouth. After successfully doing that, Omer started to rub the dog’s chest.

Then, he began performing CPR on the puppy and wouldn’t stop until he noticed that the puppy was taking in air again and breathing normally.

People who have seen Omer’s heroic actions on video think it is a very good reminder for everyone who loves animals to consider taking an online course offered by the Red Cross that teaches first aid to help cats and dogs.

When people know the various tools and techniques they can use to help an animal in distress, more often than not the outcome is a happy one.

People like Omer who don’t panic and remember their first aid training won’t waste any time and quickly step in to help save a four-legged friend.