JAMA report gives better understanding of bed bugs - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/31/09

JAMA report gives better understanding of bed bugs

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Despite all the warnings about bed bugs, there is still much we don't know about them. We do know they're blood sucking parasites that slip into bedding and feed off the person who is sleeping there, even in 5 star hotels. But do they transmit diseases?  That is the focus of a new report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which reviews the research from 50 studies on these little pests. 

Dr. Jerone Goddard, Ph.D., of Mississippi State University, says, "These research findings show one, there is little evidence for human disease transmission by bedbugs.  Two, human bedbug bites range in reaction from none to contagious to occasionally or rarely systemic.  That means you may end up with red bumps and itching but it's rare that bed bug bites would be any more than a nuisance."

At any rate, the experts agree that it's worth a good look under the sheets and even under the mattress in any hotel to make sure you're not sharing the bed with the little critters.

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