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    Reward offered for ?kissing bugs? after feared Chinese outbreak of fatal tropical disease Chagas
    Bites from insects resembling the bug prompt authorities to ask the public to report sightings, with US$1 offered for successful identifications
    PUBLISHED : Friday, 06 July, 2018, 4:33pm
    UPDATED : Friday, 06 July, 2018, 4:35pm

    Health officials in southern China have appealed on social media for the public to look out for South American ?kissing bugs? after a feared outbreak of the potentially fatal tropical disease Chagas, state media reported on Friday.

    The Centre for Disease Prevention and Control in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, used WeChat to announce the possible outbreak and offer incentives to the public to report any sightings of the Triatominae insects that carry the disease, the report by Guangzhou Daily said.

    It said citizens successfully identifying and reporting kissing bugs to the authorities were being offered 8 yuan (US$1.20) and free health consultations.

    An outbreak was feared after people in several urban areas of Guangzhou reported being bitten by insects similar to the kissing bugs. The report did not confirm that they had been infected...