Bed bugs have infested the main lobby and nearby offices in the Oregon Health and Science University Hospital in Portland. Staff saw bed bugs crawling from a patient’s fanny pack:
Hoping to squash a bedbug incursion, Oregon Health & Science University Hospital has sealed off part of its main lobby for decontamination after discovering the insects escaping from a patient’s belongings Saturday.
Hospital staff spotted the unwelcome visitors crawling from a fanny pack that had been stored for safekeeping with other patients’ belongings for two weeks, according to a hospital spokeswoman. A search revealed more bugs in the offices surrounding the patient admitting area.
I hope all the other patients’ belongings were inspected and treated.
The good news is the hospital seems to be taking bed bugs seriously:
“We talked to our outside experts who deal with bugs, and they said you need to treat it aggressively and quickly,” Liana Haywood, a spokeswoman, said.
They’re taking all office furniture offsite for “decontamination,” though it isn’t stated how the lobby and offices are being treated.
Haywood also said,
“We don’t have any estimates exactly on the costs,” she said. “We decided it’s more important to protect patients and employees rather than let it become a lingering problem.”
It looks like the footage someone forgot to edit. There’s no voiceover, just video of the hospital lobby and bed bugs in a jar, and soundbites from several unnamed sources: a hospital administrator (saying bed bugs “really do not pose any type of health threat”) juxtaposed with those of
a PCO or entomologist Philipp Kirsch, who says, “there are many people that have very strong dermal reactions to the bites”.
The latter also states, “we treat them as if they’re anthrax, or some exotic virus… It really is a tsunami that is coming. They’re going to be everywhere.”
And here’s a properly edited video from KOIN Local 6.
Thanks to Phillipp Kirsch for pointing us to it!