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Hospital bitten by bedbugs

March 03, 2011
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DES MOINES, IA — An Iowa hospital working to stop the spread of a bedbug infestation was forced to limit access to care in its psychiatric unit for three days after the insects were discovered in two patients'' rooms, according to Business Week.

Officials at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines, a public hospital that serves Polk County, said workers discovered bedbugs in a room during a routine cleaning in early February, the article noted.

The hospital hired Ecolab, a pest control company, to eradicate the room of the tiny parasites that feed on human blood and spray two adjacent rooms as a precaution; but the problem wasn''t over yet, the article stated.

According to the article, more bedbugs were later discovered in another room, and the hospital decided to shut down the entire hallway and several patient rooms for spraying and cleaning to stop the spread.

The three-day process meant the hospital''s mental health and psychiatric center, which normally houses 26, was forced to stop admitting patients, the article added.

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