Bed Bugs Discovered at Maine Hospital

Bed bugs have been found at yet another hospital. This time, at a surgical unit at the Central Maine Medical Center located in Lewiston, Maine. The hospital is being treated for bedbugs by exterminators, said the Boston Herald.

Bed bugs were found over a week ago and, according to WGME-TV, said the Boston Herald, Central Maine Medical Center moved patients so that affected areas and areas adjacent to affect areas could be treated for the insects. The unit is expected to re-open today, wrote the Boston Herald.

Most recently, Lincoln Center in New York reported bed bugs in two locations: A dressing room at the David H. Koch Theater, of the New York City Ballet and the New York City Opera and also at the Metropolitan Opera.

Some popular stores, including Nike Inc.’s flagship store, Victoria’s Secret, Hollister, and Abercrombie and Fitch; large offices, such as Sirius Radio headquarters and the Wall Street Journal headquarters; and dressing rooms, at least one Manhattan theatre, housing projects, and chic apartment buildings have all suffered infestations and exterminations.

Bed bugs are not disease carriers; however, the bugs can bite, leaving people with uncomfortable, itchy wounds. Sadly, although bed bugs have not been seen in any significant numbers in the United States in the past 50 years, being nearly eradicated for decades, they have returned in earnest, showing up virtually everywhere, with new reports cropping up daily.

Many feel the growing problem with bed bug infestations has been linked to increased travel and, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the public’s lack of information on bed bug prevention. The agency stresses there is no one, quick response, but that infestation management can be achieved via a collaboration of “chemical and non-chemical methods,” quoted Information Week previously.

At least five states have sought assistance from the Department of Defense and the state of Ohio recently asked the EPA for permission to use a banned pesticide, said ABC News previously. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the US is experiencing what Wake My NC described as an “alarming” return of the tiny bloodsucking parasites.

The reduced use of powerful pesticides such as dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), which was banned in the 1960s, as well as use of narrow spectrum products targeting specific pests, have enabled the bugs to survive, thrive, and develop pesticide resistance. Now, bed bugs appear to be turning up everywhere and appear to be virtually unresponsive to chemicals, which only seem to be having a negative effect on people.

The EPA has issued a warning against using outdoor chemicals indoors saying that some of these chemicals adversely affect the central nervous system and can lead to skin and eye irritation and, worse, some cancers.

The resurgent pests have sparked at least two lawsuits and many more lawsuits are expected as the pests continue to show up in an ever-growing range of areas.

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