Merry Christmas edition of Disease of the Week. Christmas disease actually exists. It’s a form of genetic haemophilia, i.e. patients with Christmas disease have blood that does not clot very efficiently, which means they tend to bleed a lot. You need your blood to live. Turns out bedbugs also need your blood to live. Segue!
Disease has many definitions. Here’s one: a condition of the living animal or plant body or of one of its parts that impairs normal functioning and is typically manifested by distinguishing signs and symptoms (from Merriam-Webster)1. Depending on your definitions of “condition”, “normal functioning” and “symptoms”, many things that fit this definition are not traditionally considered to be diseases. This means we can pretty much write about what we want in this blog, if we wrangle it right. Keeping this in mind, I will talk to you about bedbugs this week.