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- CAMIRI, Bolivia â€” It happened just like that. One day Barbara Saavedraâ€™s modest adobe home, deep in southeastern Bolivia, turned white â€” and miraculously, for the first time ever, bug-free. â€śThe vinchuca were just gone,â€ť said Ms. Saavedra, 39, a member of Boliviaâ€™s indigenous Guarani people.The vinchuca are Triatomine, or â€śkissingâ€ť bugs â€” large biting insects that live in the thatched roofs and mud walls of traditional homes like hers. They transmit a parasite that causes the incurable, and often fatal, Chagas disease.
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