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Study: Bedbugs could carry MRSA

May 12, 2011

VANCOUVER, BC — Bedbugs, once thought to simply be a super annoyance, could now be carriers of superbugs, according to Time.

Researchers in Vancouver report that they''ve found bedbugs with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), the article stated.

According to the article, scientists studied bedbugs found at St. Paul''s Hospital, where bedbugs and MRSA infections have been on the increase, to see if there was a connection.

It is not clear, however, whether the bacteria was transferred from the patients to the bedbugs, or the other way around, the article noted.

"To the best of my knowledge, we have not seen any research that has proven bedbugs have been able to pass diseases to their human hosts," said Gail Getty, a research entomologist at University of California, Berkeley, who specializes in urban pests.

"Although they do carry pathogens, there is no single scientific study that has proven a transfer," Getty added.

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