Bed Bugs and MRSA

May 11, 2011 Latest Updates by Brett Johnston

A study linking bed bugs in Vancouver with MRSA bacteria was released today by Emerging Infectious Diseases, a publication of the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Preventions.  One of the authors of the study, Dr. Marc Romney, is from St. Paul's Hospital here in Vancouver.

To date, bed bugs have not been known to spread disease and there is no clear evidence that the bed bugs found on the patients or their belongings had spread MRSA. It is also not clear if the bacteria originated with the bed bugs or if the bugs picked it up from already infected people.

While there may be no risk of bed bugs spreading MRSA, there can be a significant psychological impact in having a bed bug infestation. Finding ways to effectively deal with bed bug infestations is key. Currently, heat treatments for bed bugs is the most effective solution to eliminating an infestation. Once the infestation is eliminated, the focus needs to shift to preventing further infestations.


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