Veterinary and Medical Importance
All triatomines have the potential to transmit Trypanosoma cruzi, the agent of Chagas disease. Of the described triatomine species in total, about half have been shown to be vectors of Trypanosoma sp., and about a dozen of these are considered vectors of major epidemiological importance (Krinsky, 2002).
- Krinsky WL: True bugs (Hemiptera). In: Mullen G, Durden L (eds.): Medical and Veterinary Entomology. 2002, Academic Press, London, pp 67-86