Health Buzz: Bed Bugs may Carry MRSA
In a recent study of bed bugs removed from patients in Vancouver’s St. Paul Hospital, all 5 bed bugs were carrying bacteria that were resistant to antibiotics. Three of the bed bugs contained MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). Two of the bed bugs carried VRE (vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium). Further studies need to be done to determine if the bed bugs are capable of transmitting the bacteria to human hosts and if human blood food for the bugs was the source of the bacterial transfer to the bed bugs. Health care facilities are the most common places for these resistant types of bacterial strains to be found.
If you or a loved one contracted a health care acquired infection (shows up 48 hours after health care stay that was not noted as part of initial diagnosis) such as staph, MRSA, or VRE from contaminated medical equipment, surroundings or personnel, that caused serious health complications or death, you could be eligible for damages. Please contact Sweeney Law Firm and let our medical experts review the facts to determine if you have a medical malpractice case. Sweeney Law Firm works on a contingency fee basis. There is no cost for representation unless there is a cash recovery for you.