Does Colorado have kissing bugs or Chagas disease?
- Colorado does have kissing bugs. They are nesting bugs, typically associated with rodent nests. The most common species in our state is Triatoma protracta.
- Colorado’s common kissing bug is capable of spreading Chagas disease but is not very good at it. That’s because the bug usually defecates after it is off the person.
- If you or your pets may have been bitten by a kissing bug, call your healthcare provider or veterinarian.
- Health care providers or veterinarians who have questions about testing patients for Chagas disease can call the state health department