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What is the kissing bug?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

The kissing bug gets his nickname from his habit of biting people on the lips - and that’s not even the gross part: afterward it defecates into the bite. Worse still, some of these rude dudes are infected with a parasite that can lead to a very serious disease in humans.

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