Fox 28 reports that an Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department official says about 100 apartments at a Wheeling, West Virginia complex are infested with bedbugs.
What struck me in the article was this:
Health department Administrator Howard Gamble calls bedbugs a public health nuisance and a psychological disaster for the people who are affected.
“A public health nuisance and a psychological disaster for the people who are affected.”
While some health officials still insist bed bugs are not a health problem at all, it is refreshing to see such a claim.
For some, we know, the psychological cost of a bed bug infestation is negligible.
But for many of us — including those whose reactions to bed bug bites are extremely uncomfortable and difficult to diagnose; for those who battle bed bugs for months or even years and lose time, money, sleep, and well-being; for those whose unaffected roommates or relatives think they are imagining things — for so many of us, calling a bed bug infestation a “psychological disaster” is decidedly not a hyperbole.
Bravo, Howard Gamble.
See the full story at WVa apartment complex infested with bedbugs: WTTE FOX 28 – Ohio News.