13 May '11, 9am

Bedbugs with superbugs: a new nightmare emerges in Canada

CHICAGO - Researchers in Canada have found bedbugs carrying antibiotic-resistant superbugs, a surprise finding because scientists had thought the pests were not capable of spreading infections. The study was done by a team in a poor corner of Vancouver, where both bedbug infestations and strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria are increasing. Dr Marc Romney, a medical microbiologist at St Paul's Hospital/Providence Health Care in Vancouver, decided to see if the two are related. Dr Romney and his colleagues removed five of the pests from the clothes and skin of infested patients and tested them. They found bedbugs carrying two types of drug-resistant bacteria, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant enterococci. "I was a little surprised. Historically, bedbugs have not been associated with infections," Dr Romney said in a telephone inte...

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straitstimes.com 12 May '11, 12am

WASHINGTON - COULD bloodsucking bedbugs get any creepier? Turns out, the answer is yes. Bedbugs carrying potent drug-resis...