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New Dangers Found with Bedbugs

Bedbugs have been considered a nuisance, but they have not been implicated in the spread of disease from one person to another. A recent discovery in Vancouver, British Columbia, heightens the possibility that these bloodsucking creatures might present an infection hazard.
Three people hospitalized in Vancouver had bedbugs removed from them and analyzed. The patients live in a neighborhood where homelessness is common, along with HIV/AIDS infection. Some of the bedbugs carried antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Because bedbug infestations are difficult to eliminate in poverty-stricken neighborhoods, the authors are concerned that the parasites might transmit these dangerous infections among the residents.
[Emerging Infectious Diseases, online May 11, 2011]

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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