When we told you about triatomine bugs back in the spring, experts were warning that they were getting closer to New Jersey.

In the weeks since then, the CDC has updated their map of where the pests, also called "kissing bugs", are found to officially include New Jersey.

Triatomine map via CDC.gov
Triatomine map via CDC.gov

Back in April, multiple news outlets reported that the bugs that can carry the deadly disease Chagas were confirmed to be as close to us as Delaware, where a girl had been bitten, but thankfully didn't get sick.

As you can see from the map above, the bugs' march to the north has proceeded and their occurrence now includes Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

You can read much more about triatomine bugs, including how to protect your family, by clicking here for the CDC's official page.


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