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No bed bugs

No bed bugs
04 Oct

Barbados does not have a bed bug problem.

This was made clear by acting chief medical officer Dr. Kenneth George during a media conference at the Ministry of Health's offices Thursday morning.

He says although it is a public health concern it not considered a public health problem, as no known diseases are transmitted by the mite.

Dr. George says they have 74 reported cases of bed bug infestation over the last two years.

He says the Ministry has taken a proactive approach to the issue, and used the closure of the Edgar Cochrane Polyclinic Wednesday for cleaning as an example.

The acting chief medical officer says the bug moves with people, so they should try to keep their surroundings clean and be vigilant.

Dr. George also sought to clarify environmental issues that were plaguing the E Humphrey Walcott building over the past few months.

He says there was never a bed bug issue there, but problems arose as a result of the lingering effects of the chemicals used to clean the building.

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