NPR: “Kissing Bug Disease: Latin America’s Silent Killer Makes U.S. Headlines”
“El Almohadon De Pluma” (The Feather Pillow), written in 1905, is a classic of Latin American literature. Uruguayan author Horacio Quiroga tells the tale of Alicia, a newlywed who begins mysteriously and rapidly losing weight. Soon she’s bedridden with severe anemia. The doctors are perplexed. She dies in no time. As the maid is cleaning out the bedroom, she calls the widower in: The pillow where Alicia used to rest her head has dark blood stains. She tries to lift the pillow up, but it’s too heavy. So they cut it open.
“The servant shrieked with terror …”
Read the rest of the riveting backstory, plus an update on where Chagas Disease is moving and why, at NPR’s website.