Bed Bugs Can Transmit Parasite that Causes Chagas Disease. In later years, the infection can lead to sudden death or heart failure caused by progressive destruction of the heart muscle. Although there are some drugs to treat Chagas disease, they become less effective the longer a person is infected.
Invertebrates spread bacterial, viral and protozoan pathogens by two main mechanisms. Either via their bite, as in the case of malaria spread by mosquitoes, or via their faeces, as in the case of Chagas' Disease spread by Triatoma bugs or epidemic typhus spread by human body lice. Many invertebrates are responsible for transmitting diseases.
Scientists have investigated Bed Bug's ability to transmit disease. Many diseases have been studied such as HIV, plague, yellow fever, epidemic typhus - and the list goes on. Although a lot of these diseases could be found harbored inside the bed bug for various amounts of time, there is little evidence that the disease can actually be spread by the bed bug bite.
It was previously thought that Chagas disease, which kills an estimated 50,000 people per year, was exclusively carried by an insect called the kissing bug. But new research shows that bedbugs can
Bed bugs, like the triatomines, can transmit Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas disease, one of the most prevalent and deadly diseases in the Americas, research has confirmed.
Bed bugs are now known to spread Hep B, Chagas Disease, and anaphylactic shock. There is also the problem of kidney failure in the elderly if the infestation has been present for a long while and is large.I do not think it is scabies.