Bed Bugs Found In Riley Hospital For Children In Indianapolis
Monday, February 13, 2012
Bed bugs were discovered this weekend at Riley Hospital for
Children, an Indiana University Health official said this
"Bed bugs continue to be an issue nationwide," said IU Health
spokeswoman Abby Gras in an email. "To ensure the safety of our
patients and families, we work closely with our infection control
and environmental services departments to ensure the incident is
isolated and dealt with in a timely manner."
A family staying at the hospital with a newborn daughter shared
photos of the bedbugs and an email with WXIN (Channel 59).
Bed bugs are small, oval, brownish insects that live on the
blood of animals or humans, according to the WebMD.com. Adult
bedbugs have flat bodies about the size of an apple seed. After
feeding, their bodies swell and turn a reddish color.
Although their bites cause redness and itching, the insects do
not transmit diseases, according to the medical information
Bed bugs can be inadvertently brought home in luggage and other
items after motel or hospital stays. They often hide in mattresses,
box springs, bedframes and headboards. They are active mostly at
Cleanliness and hygiene, experts say, have no connection to
incidence of bed bugs. A single stowaway ready to lay eggs can lead
to an infestation in a clean and well-kept environment.