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Bed bugs may act as “hidden environmental reservoir” for drug-resistant bacteria MRSA and VRE

May 11, 2011

Remember the concern raised last year that bed bug bites (like other breaks in the skin) may make hospital patients more susceptible to MRSA? Now, researchers have found methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VRE) — a less dangerous form of antibiotic-resistant bacteria — in bed bugs removed from the bodies of three […]

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RainCity Housing’s “bed bug sauna” now active in new Vancouver building

June 19, 2009

Remember when we reported back in June 2008 that a new RainCity Housing development in Vancouver was going to contain a “bed bug sauna” for treatment of infested items? The new building “The Lux”, at 65 Hastings Street, is in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, a highly infested neighborhood, and provides 25 transitional housing units, and 67 […]

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New Vancouver building installs “sauna” for decontaminating bed bug-infested items

June 17, 2008

Wendy Stueck writes in today’s Globe and Mail that a new Vancouver apartment building is going to have a sauna for decontaminating bed bug-infested items. Talk about planning ahead: . . . a housing complex under construction in Vancouver will include what’s been dubbed the “bedbug sauna,” a room where furniture, clothing and other belongings […]

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Itchy the Bed Bug: an Olympic Mascot for Vancouver

February 1, 2008

Vancouver | Homes Not Games Originally uploaded by ardenstreet Graffiti from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Remember VANDU? They’re the grassroots community group in Vancouver that got a grant and implemented a plan to help fight bed bugs in Vancouver’s beleaguered Downtown Eastside. Well, they’re back at it, this time as one of the sponsors of this […]

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Toronto Councillor Paula Fletcher has some progressive ideas about bed bugs

January 6, 2008

Jennifer Brown of The Star reports that Toronto politician Paula Fletcher is agitated about bed bugs–and trying to do something about them. She wants the health department to investigate whether they’re a health hazard: Toronto Councillor Paula Fletcher (Ward 30, Toronto-Danforth) has received so many calls from constituents she’s asked the health department to declare […]

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And another ray of hope from Vancouver’s VANDU

July 15, 2007

Vancouver’s Radio CKNW (AM980) reports on their website Saturday: Advocacy group fights bed bug outbreak VANCOUVER – Community advocacy group the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users VANDU is trying to fight a massive outbreak of bedbugs in that city’s Downtown Eastside by gutting infested rooms. The group’s Anne Livingston says residents have had six […]

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80% of Single Room Occupancy units in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside are infested with bed bugs; also Rensselaer Polytechnic’s dorms

March 31, 2007

Two bed bug newsbites: From Vancouver 24 Hours: The majority of low- income single-occupant rooms in the Downtown Eastside are infested with bed bugs, according to a report from the City of Vancouver. Environmental health officers inspected 3,100 DTES hotel rooms and found 80 per cent had bed bugs. The city hopes to expand a […]

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