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Americus in Sumter County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Deadly Insects

Habitat for Humanity

 
 
Deadly Insects Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, April 7, 2014
1. Deadly Insects Marker
Inscription.
Reduviid--or "kissing"--bugs live in the walls and cracks of houses in South and Central America. By depositing feces on a person's skin, the kissing bug transmits a deadly disease know as Chagas.

An estimated 16 to 18 million people are currently infected with Chagas disease. On-third of those infected will develop chronic symptoms such as cardiac or digestive problems.

Chagas disease kills an estimated 50,000 people each year--mostly affecting low-income families who live in poorly built thatch, mud or adobe houses.
 
Location. 32° 4.234′ N, 84° 14.468′ W. Marker is in Americus, Georgia, in Sumter County. Marker is on Church Street. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of Habitat for Humanity. Marker is in this post office area: Americus GA 31709, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welcome to Latin America/Caribbean (a few steps from this marker); Poverty Housing: A Global Epidemic (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Asia/Pacific (within shouting distance of this marker); How blocks are made (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Africa/Middle East
Interior of home. image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, April 7, 2014
2. Interior of home.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Elm Tree (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Hospitals (approx. half a mile away); Americus Colored Hospital (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Americus.
 
Categories. Charity & Public Work
 
Interior of home. image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, April 7, 2014
3. Interior of home.
Shacks of people living in poverty. image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, April 7, 2014
4. Shacks of people living in poverty.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 23, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 236 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 23, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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