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Bed bugs discovered at Riley Hospital for Children

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Bed bugs continue to be an issue nationwide. At Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, an incidence of bed bugs was recently discovered,” the statement said. “To ensure the safety of our patients and families, we work closely with our infection control and environmental services departments to ensure the incident is isolated and dealt with in a timely manner.”
A spokesperson for Riley Hospital confirmed they discovered bed bugs over the weekend in one room.
According to the hospital, the patient and patient’s family were moved to a different room, but not before the hospital took their clothes and washed and dried them at an extremely high heat. Hot enough, a spokesperson said, to kill any bed bugs that could have been on the clothes.
The hospital said the room was sealed for 48 hours while an outside contractor fumigated the room to kill the pests.
According to the spokesperson, the entire floor was inspected for more bed bugs and none were found. The hospital also said it inspected the two rooms, both above and below the room where they found the original case.
This isn’t the first time the hospital has dealt with bed bugs.
A spokesperson told Eyewitness News they also had a case last month in a room.

As you can see bed bugs are still a problem and they can be a problem anywhere, if you are having a problem with bed bugs or are concerned you may have bed bugs contact A1 Exterminators today at http://www.a1exterminators.com/index.html

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The War on Bedbugs Starts Now: The 2nd National Bed Bug Summit

A summit to fight the epidemic of Cimex lectularius convenes today in Washington DC as the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a half dozen other federal agencies try to address the “consumer concern about the rising incidence of bed bugs in the United States.”

The 2011 National Bedbug Summit, to be held at Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center today and tomorrow, will have a panel of experts brainstorming to address issues such as gaps in prevention and control and the progress of State and local governments in reigning in the problem.

Bedbugs are tiny parasitic insects which feed on the blood of warm-blooded mammals. Typical adverse health effects from bedbug bites include skin rashes, allergic reactions and psychological effects.

Bedbugs are not known to transmit infectious diseases to humans.

In the United States, the bedbug was essentially eradicated since the 1940s but found resurgence at the end of the century. Though pesticides have historically been effective against bedbugs, resistance to many pesticides have developed. In addition to pesticides, non-pesticide methods have been used such as vacuuming and heat treating.

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Robert Herriman

February 01, 2011

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Bedbugs: Travel Tips to ward off bedbugs plus video

It seems like those blood sucking bedbugs are popping up everywhere. From hotel rooms to dressing rooms and now, news that bedbugs were discovered in a patient’s room at a Providence hospital. The issue of bedbugs is making many feel like they just want to stay home, but there are tips you can use to safeguard yourself when you are traveling.

The lighter you travel the less likely chance the bedbugs have places to stow away in your luggage. Experts say do not unpack your clothes. Keep everything in your suitcase. The bedbugs like to come out at night when you are sleeping so before you put your head on the pillow cover your luggage.  There are places that say they sell bedbug liners for suitcases, but sealed plastic bags also work

Be sure to bring a large plastic garbage bag and put your suitcase inside the bag then firmly tie it up.  While covering another story on dogs sniffing out bedbugs, an expert showed this Examiner that bedbugs have a difficult time crawling on the plastic. You may even want to put smaller items in clear zip lock type bags.

Another good tip, if you have to hang things up avoid a hotel closet where others may have left behind bedbugs, they can easily hide and come out at night. Remember, they like it dark and often hotel closets are in the open. Instead of hanging your clothes in the closet, hang them in the bathroom, but keep the light on. Close the door so you can get some Z’s but the light will help deter the bedbugs from invading your clothes.

An absolute must is to check the mattress and wall for any signs bedbugs are present. Bring a flashlight too, you may not be able to see the bugs but blood and eggs left behind are  tell tale signs that bedbugs are alive and kicking.

During the inspection, look under the four corners of the mattress, the four underside corners of the box spring, and the piping of sofas and large furniture, If possible search behind the headboard. Also keep in mind digested blood will be brownish in color and will dissolve when touched with a wet napkin or tissue.

If you are driving you should pack your luggage back up in the large garbage bag before you put it in your car. When the trip is over and you are back home do not bring your luggage in the house if you suspect it was near bedbugs. Hot water is best for anything that can be cleaned that way, preferably 115 degrees to kill bugs or eggs. You can also put clothes directly in the dryer on the hottest setting, but do not overload because you want the hot air to circulate.

The more proactive you are using these tips the less likely you are to bring back bedbugs while traveling. For more information on dogs that help sniff out bedbugs click here. For more information about bedbugs and how they target humans click on the National Geographics video link. The short video is extremely informative.

October 7th, 2010 2:39 pm ET

Laura Clarizio

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Anyone can have Bugs…even Celebrities!

Celebrities Particularly Susceptible to Bedbugs, Experts Say

Bradley Cooper, Renee Zellweger, Howard Stern….

By Alexandra Hein

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What do these celebrities have in common aside from money, fame and paparazzi camped outside their homes and places of business?

That would be bedbugs

The blood sucking nuisances have attacked them in hotels, houses, apartments — even their limousines!

Howard Stern announced on his Sirius XM Radio show that he was still “scratching every minute,” but that his apartment in New York City was now supposedly “100 percent bedbug-free.”

Same with his limo, where trained dogs sniffed out even more of the little buggers.

New couple Cooper and Zellweger had to throw out their mattress according to The National Enquirer. “Renee was really creeped out,” a source told the tabloid, adding “Bradley’s been traveling a lot and staying in various hotels, and figures he must have picked up the bedbugs somewhere and brought them home.”

Pop star Lauren Hildebrandt was bit by the bugs while staying at hotels in New York City. “People should be aware of the danger in NYC hotels right now,” she said in a press release, “I couldn’t sleep at night, because I kept thinking they were in my bed.”

While the name of the hotel has not been released, it is suspected to be a luxury chain hotel located in Union Square.

WWE announcer Jeremy Borash tweeted about his attack in late September while staying at a hotel in New Jersey.

“Face got bedbugged in 4star hotel. Inspectors confirmed. Hotel wants me to sign release in exch for compensation. What should I ask for?” Borash said in a post.

And while bedbugs are making headlines in 2010, it’s not a new problem.

In 2006 Saturday Night Live’s Maya Rudolph and her director husband, Paul Anderson filed a $450,000 lawsuit stating that immediately after they moved into a SoHo apartment with their baby, they noticed the bites appearing all over their body. “Apparently unbeknown to the plaintiffs, the premises were infested with bedbugs,” court documents said.

A K-9 Team has helped in an effort to crack down on the parasites. “The dogs are quite helpful in that we can do roughly 35-50 hotel rooms in an hour,” APC president John Russell said.

However, celebrities traveling from five-star hotel to five-star hotel may be at increased risk for the little suckers because “high-end hotels are less receptive to the dogs because they don’t want the prestige of having bedbugs,” according to Russell.

“Rather than facing it and saying ‘oh you know what? Bedbugs are a problem in the hotel industry, and we are taking preventative measures,’ they don’t want the dogs to be seen,” he said.

It’s not just the hotels that put celebrities at risk. Their tendency to buy multiple properties and perpetual-motion lifestyles also increase bed-bug risk.

“Moving trucks are a huge concern,” Jeffrey White, a Research Entomologist for BedBug Central said, stressing that once they move infected furniture, they act as vectors infecting otherwise healthy furniture.

Russell and his staff have gotten phone calls from landlords of apartment complexes where celebrities live, and often the client is concerned about keeping the problem quiet. Plus, “anyone that has any type of notoriety thinks that they should get special treatment,” Russell said.

“The scary part is how fast they are spreading, if you look at New York City’s 311 line, in 2005, they had just over 500 calls, and now they have just under 11,000,” Jeffrey White, a Research Entomologist for BedBug Central explained. “A lot of it has to do with people still thinking this is a nursery rhyme you know, ‘sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite.’”

Howard Stern has bugs again

Howard Stern is totally buggin’.

In addition to having his $5800 a night resort suite infested with ants over the holiday break, Stern says the kitchen in his Manhattan penthouse apartment is now beetle central.

Wednesday morning, Stern told his satellite radio audience that his wife Beth Ostrosky recently found a colony of dead beetles in a sealed bag of oatmeal from their pantry. Stern said a second container contained live bugs.

Howard Stern flees ant infested luxury resort in Turks and Caicos

Howard Stern says he and his wife Beth Ostrosky were forced to flee their holiday luxury resort vacation when the villa they rented became infested with ants.

“I had the worst g–damn time,” said Stern Monday morning, kicking off his new five year contract by dedicating 30 minutes to his trashing the Parrot Cay resort in Turks and Caicos.

Stern paid $5800 a night for a little time away from the New York City grind in a private 3 bedroom villa with ocean access.

But it wasn’t long before the couple found themselves itching for the Big Apple.  A few minutes after they settled in to relax with some transcendental meditation, they found themselves covered with ants.

“We’re talking covered in ants,” exclaimed Stern. “They’re swimming over you-in a sea of ants–encapsulating you.”

Resort employees apparently attempted multiple fumigations of the property in the hopes they could convince the couple to stay, but new infestations continued to swarm the power couple’s accommodations.

“They’re not even looking like normal ants. If they were normal ants I could handle it. They looked like flying fish,” said Stern.

Liz Brown

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New research finds bedbugs are carriers of antibiotic-resistant bacteria

The resurgence of bedbug infestations have been a nuisance at best for hotels and homeowners as scientists have always said that the tiny blood-sucking creatures didn’t carry infectious agents that could harm humans.

However, new research out of Canada reported Wednesday sheds some different light of the issue of bedbugs as a vector of disease.

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In the latest issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases , Christopher F. Lowe, of the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada  and Marc G. Romney, of  St. Paul’s Hospital, Providence Health Care in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, say that the previously thought nuisance insects may actually be able to transmit drug-resistant bacteria.

What they found were some of bedbugs collected tested positive for Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VRE) and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), two very important antibiotic-resistant bacterium.

The patients in the study come from low-income urban areas of Vancouver where bedbug infestations are increasing.

Lowe and Romney conclude:

“Bedbugs carrying MRSA and/or VRE may have the potential to act as vectors for transmission. Further studies are needed to characterize the association between S. aureus and bedbugs. Bedbug carriage of MRSA, and the portal of entry provided through feeding, suggests a plausible potential mechanism for passive transmission of bacteria during a blood meal. Because of the insect’s ability to compromise the skin integrity of its host, and the propensity for S. aureus to invade damaged skin, bedbugs may serve to amplify MRSA infections in impoverished urban communities.”

This is the first findings linking bedbugs to infectious organisms and the researchers point out that the findings from the study are by no means conclusive.

Bedbugs are tiny parasitic insects, which feed on the blood of warm-blooded mammals. Typical adverse health effects from bedbug bites include skin rashes, allergic reactions and psychological effects.

In the United States, the bedbug was essentially eradicated since the 1940s but found resurgence at the end of the century. Though pesticides have historically been effective against bedbugs, resistance to many pesticides have developed. In addition to pesticides, non-pesticide methods have been used such as vacuuming and heat-treating.

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May 12, 2011 9:05 am ET

Robert Herriman
Infectious Disease Examiner

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