Bed bugs found at more SCSD schools; total now up to 13

by CNYCentral

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Bed bugs have been found in Corcoran High School and Westside Academy at Blodgett, according to Syracuse City School District Administrator for Communications Michael Henesey.

The schools are the latest in a growing list of schools that have run into bed bug issues over the last several weeks.

Bed bugs were first found on at least two separate occasions at Henninger High School last month. Since then, bed bugs have been found at twelve other schools, including:

  • Huntington Pre-K-8
  • PSLA at Fowler
  • Porter Elementary
  • Clary Middle School
  • Grant Middle School
  • Webster Elementary
  • Expeditionary Learning Middle School
  • McKinley-Brighton Elementary
  • LeMoyne Elementary
  • WSA at Blodgett
  • Corcoran High School
  • Dr. King Elementary

The Syracuse City School District isn’t the only local district affected by bed bugs; a bed bug was found in Baldwinsville’s Ray Middle School last week and Canastota School officials said they had to handle a beg bug problem earlier this month as well.



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Bed bugs found at more SCSD schools; total now up to 13

Bed bugs found at more SCSD schools; total now up to 13

Tally of Syracuse city schools with bed bugs now at 12

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The number of Syracuse city schools where bed bugs have been found has increased to 12.

The latest schools added to the list include Corcoran High School, Westside Academy at Blodgett Middle School, Dr. King Elementary and McKinley-Brighton Elementary.

Bed bugs are small, flat insects that feed solely on the blood of people and animals while they sleep. They do not transmit disease.

Henninger High School was the first city school where the bugs surfaced last month.

Other schools in the district where bed bugs have been confirmed include Expeditionary Learning Middle School, Clary Middle School, Grant Middle School, LeMoyne Elementary School, Porter Elementary, Huntington pre-K-8 and Webster Elementary.

Bed bugs also were recently found at Ray Middle School in Baldwinsville.

Students can unknowingly bring them from home into school on clothes, shoes, backpacks and other items.

The district is working with an exterminator. It’s also asking families to thoroughly inspect their child’s personal belongings and backpacks to ensure they are not carrying the bugs.

The district has posted more information about how to stop bed bugs on its website.

Salvation Army closes donation bins due to bedbugs, garbage


OGDENSBURG — The Ogdensburg Salvation Army has had to curtail donations to its after-hours bins at its State Street thrift store.

Lt. Stacy McNeil said the bins were closed because of the recent bedbug infestation in parts of the city and because people were using the bins to dispose of household garbage, including used baby diapers.

“When that happens,” Ms. McNeil said, “all the donations in the bin have been tainted.”

Closing off access to the bins has not stopped people from leaving bags of clothing around the bins after the thrift shop is closed for the day.

Several bags of donations were ruined Sunday night after being left out in the rain, Ms. McNeil said.

Donations and the thrift shop are important to the mission of the Salvation Army.

“Money from the thrift shop goes to our Community Center,” Ms. McNeil said. “We rely so much on community donations.”

“Until the bedbug infestation is under control, donations can be brought to the store from 9:30 to 5 p.m.,” Ms. McNeil said.

Donors should knock on the door labeled “Donations Accepted Here,” to get help from a volunteer.

For now, donations from people living in either of the downtown towers or in Belmont Courts will not be accepted.

Other donations will be inspected by volunteers before they are brought into the store.

The executive director of the Ogdensburg Housing Authority, William Seymour, told City Council last week that all is being done that can be done to knock down the outbreak of bedbugs at Centennial Terrace and Riverview Towers in the city.

Mr. Seymour told council that he had hired an additional exterminator who had been recommended by the Syracuse Housing Authority.

That exterminator had inspected each apartment in Riverview Towers and Centennial Terrace and found that about 15 percent of the apartments needed treatment.

Ms. McNeil said the Salvation Army has not brought any clothing infested with bedbugs into the store.

“We are asking people to be patient,” she said. “We have to be sure we are protecting our customers.”

Ms. McNeil said she hopes to have the bins back open by the end of the month.

“So many people can’t get here until after hours,” she said.

Processing donations is a big job without worrying about bedbugs. There are as many as 200 bags of clothing dropped off in a week.

“Our community is so generous,” Ms. McNeil said. “And we rely so much on the thrift store.”

Bed Bugs Return To NY’s Popular Times Square AMC Movie Theater

While enjoying a movie at New York’s most popular theaters, a couple got more than a few plot twists and popcorn.

Pix11 reports moviegoers Jessica Vidal and her husband went to the  AMC 25 Empire movie theater on West 42nd street earlier this month to ironically check out Jeepers Creepers 3: The Creeper Walks Among Us. During the film, Vidal’s husband felt bites on his neck only to discover he was the target of bed bugs.

A representative from the AMC theater says an inspection was done at the time of the complaint, but there wasn’t a sign of the parasitic crawlers. “We are aware that guests have reported this issue recently, but have found no evidence at the theatre to confirm those reports,” they said.

Vidal’s claims weren’t backed by the theater, but they were supported by another customer who attended the theater the day before. NYU graduate Don Ho told The Gothamist Thursday (Oct. 12) while watching Never Say Die, he got “red itchy bumps” on his forearm. “I’m under the impression that this has been happening for awhile, and they’re not really doing anything about it,” he said.

Other reports of bed bugs in the theater date back to 2010 and 2015.

Speaking to The Gothamist, AMC Spokesperson Ryan Noonan said they plan to launch an investigation into the reports using an outside party. “We are aware that guests have reported this issue recently, but have found no evidence at the theatre to confirm those reports,” he said. “As we do anytime bed bugs are reported, we investigated immediately upon a receiving a guest report, using a third-party pest control company. Thorough examinations of auditoriums in question revealed no sign of any bed bug activity.”

He also hinted that , “Bed bugs are a widespread issue throughout New York City. Studies show that people are much more likely to encounter them in hotels and on their transportation to a movie theatre than in a movie theater itself. AMC is vigilant and aggressive about the inspection and treatment of this issue, both proactively and reactively. Every seat at AMC Empire 25 is proactively inspected every month and treated immediately if there is any sign of bed bugs.” petition was launched, calling out the theater to fix the issue. “Bed bugs bite. And removing them from a home can cost thousands,” it reads. “Getting bed bugs into a house or apartment can literally ruin lives and cost people their life savings. Many patrons are not aware of that or their presence when they visit AMC Empire 25.”

Legal Aid Offices Temporarily Close Due To Bedbug ‘Hit’


The Legal Aid offices in St. John’s were temporarily closed after a bedbug-sniffing dog made a “hit” in the building

Cabot Pest Control regularly brings in its specially-trained canine to check the premises in light of the presence of bedbugs from time to time in the provincial court.

A spokesperson says yesterday, the dog detected the presence of bedbugs in a single office, and the building was closed late yesterday afternoon to allow the company to do their work.

The building is now back open for regular operations.

Liberty Mutual hit with $546K bedbug bill

by Ryan Smith

Liberty Mutual hit with $546K bedbug bill

Liberty Mutual may have to cough up a sizable chunk of change over a bedbug infestation.

The company, which acts as the insurer for the Hilton Garden Inn Ontario/Cucamonga in California, was named along with the hotel as a defendant in a lawsuit filed by a family that lodged there in 2013. A jury just awarded the family $546,000 – the largest judgment ever for a bedbug-related case.

A California jury unanimously awarded the damages for medical bills and emotional distress the plaintiffs claimed they suffered after being bitten by bedbugs during their 2013 stay, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

“I’m hopeful this verdict will send a message throughout the industry to make sure adequate policies, procedures and protocol are in place so that other people are not needlessly endangered,” said the plaintiffs’ attorney Brian Virag.

According to the lawsuit, Alex McKindra and his wife, Martha, checked into the hotel in March of 2013 with their son, Marcus. The lawsuit claimed that a few hours after going to bed, the family awoke with bites and rashes from bedbugs. They demanded another room, but the hotel was fully booked, so they were forced to change lodging, according to the Times report.

The McKindras claimed that the manager of the hotel knew there were bedbugs in the room but failed to disclose it.


46 dead in Vidarbha pesticide poisoning, 12 godowns raided

By: Pradip Maitra

 A farmer sprays pesticide in the cotton field at Pandharkawada in Maharashtra. (HT File Photo)

Against the backdrop of deaths of over 45 farmer following pesticide poisoning in Vidarbha, the Quality Control of state Agriculture Department on Wednesday seized pesticides, worth of Rs 14.31-crore from Akola in western Vidarbha.

According to available information, the quality control sleuths of Akola, accompanied by a team of Agriculture commissionerate, Pune, raided 12 different godowns of pesticide companies and sealed those stocked and prevented their sales.

At least 45 farmers died from the suspected pesticide poisoning in Vidarbha since August this year and most of the deaths were reported from Yavatmal, a major cotton-growing district that has often been in the news for farmers’ suicides. They died after spraying pesticides on their Bt cotton plantations in the region.

Milind Janjal, the quality control chief of Akola Agriculture department admitted that they have raided at least 12 pesticide godowns in the district and sealed the stock to prevent further sale.

The Maharashtra State Agriculture Mission chairman Kishore Tiwari demanded a ban on chemical farming and encourage organic farming in the region. Tiwari, who is camping in Yavatmal after the incident, dubbed the entire episode as “genocide” and demanded to book the concerned multi-national manufacturers and concerned department, in this regard.

The agro-mission chairman claimed that 48 farmers died of poisonous pesticides, including 22 in Yavatmal district alone while over 100 farmers, who were affected due to the pesticides, are battling their lives in different hospitals in the region. As many as nine farmers died of lethal pesticides in Akola, where the Quality Control department raided in 12 different godowns of pesticides companies, this morning.

As the death toll continues to rise, the chief minister Devendra Fadnavis ordered an inquiry under a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the matter.

Tiwari appealed the state government to stop the use of harmful products as an immediate solution to put an end to farmer fatalities. He alleged that the vested interests of the regulatory officials in the agriculture department and administration’s negligence in this matter are the reason behind these unfortunate deaths. The victims failed to take requisite precautions and used the toxic insecticide. Insufficient knowledge of how to use it has also resulted in their tragic death, he said and demanded that the government should give compensation of Rs 5-lakh to the victims’ families.

Seniors say bedbug infestation overtaking apartment building on Upper West Side

By Eyewitness News

Residents at a rent-subsidized building designated for seniors in Manhattan are dealing with a creepy, crawly problem that won’t seem to go away.

The blood-sucking parasites were discovered in several apartments and the laundry room in the building on West 61st Street on the Upper West Side.

“All of a sudden I started getting a few bites and then more and more and more and I realized I had a problem,” said a 75-year-old woman who lives in the building and wanted to remain anonymous.

She said she’s done just about everything to eradicate the bedbugs from her longtime home. She’s notified management, which has been responsive and even provided an exterminator — but the bugs just keep returning.

“The last treatment I had was September 20,” she said. “Since then, I have gotten more and more bites it is absolutely amazing.”

Still, other people living inside the building said the infestation goes back several years, and they’re more critical about how managers are handling the issue.

“The people don’t inspect,” said J.C. Sobel, secretary of the tenants association. “They don’t do anything. We’ve had bedbugs for years now, we can’t get rid of them because they keep circulating from apartment to apartment.”

Another factor possibly exacerbating the problem is that some tenants are reportedly refusing to let exterminators into their apartments to do their job.

“It has multiplied, there are some people who don’t allow the exterminator into their apartment and management cannot do anything to get them out,” said one of the residents.

Residents said just a couple days ago, a notice went up alerting everyone that the building’s laundry room would soon be going through fumigation.

“I don’t know what to do anymore,” a resident said. “I look elsewhere, I want to move out of here.”

Eyewitness News spoke briefly with a man who identified himself as the property manager, but he had no comment for our story.

We also reached out to Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal’s office, which also acknowledged they’re aware of the bedbug issue and they’ve also reached out to management.

US Olympians at 2016 Rio Games were infected with West Nile virus, not Zika

Date:October 7, 2017

Source: University of Utah Health

Summary: US Olympic and Paralympic athletes and staff who traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the 2016 Summer Games did not become infected with Zika virus but did test positive for other tropical, mosquito-borne viral infections, including West Nile Virus, Dengue Fever and Chikungunya.

U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes and staff who traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the 2016 Summer Games did not become infected with Zika virus but did test positive for other tropical, mosquito-borne viral infections, including West Nile Virus, Dengue Fever and Chikungunya. Results from the University of Utah Health-led study will be reported at IDWeek, a national infectious disease conference being held in San Diego.

None of the infected travelers became seriously ill, say the study’s investigators. But the findings are a reminder that amidst the frenzy over Zika, travelers were also susceptible to other, long-standing public health risks that did not receive the same level of scrutiny.

“Everyone was concentrating on Zika and ignoring that there could be other infections caused by mosquito bites. We did not expect to find so many with these other infections,” says U of U Health infectious disease specialist Krow Ampofo, MBCHB., who will be presenting the study’s results on Oct. 7. “That is one of the reasons why we think that being vigilant about monitoring for infectious diseases after travel to at-risk areas is so important.”

Other sources have indicated that there were no Zika cases reported during the Rio Olympics. But the U of U Health investigation is the first to examine a large cohort for viruses that cause other tropical infectious diseases.

Of the 457 athletes and staff who provided blood samples after returning from Brazil, testing found that 32 (7%) had become infected with mosquito-borne viruses while abroad. Twenty-seven had West Nile Virus, three had Chikungunya, and two had Dengue. None had signs of Zika.

Twelve of the individuals who tested positive filled out post-travel surveys. From those, only three — two with Chikungunya and one with West Nile Virus — reported having symptoms that can include body aches and rash. Symptoms emerged within two weeks after travel and resolved shortly thereafter.

“We were thrilled that there were no cases of Zika,” says lead investigator Carrie Byington, M.D., who began the study while at U of U Health and is now at Texas A&M Health Science Center. “One of the reasons we think that post travel diagnostics is really important is because multiple things can cause a similar picture and it’s important to know what you had.”

In general, most people infected with one of the other three viruses tested in the study — West Nile Virus, Chikangunya or Dengue — either had no symptoms or, when ill, had mild symptoms. In rare cases, these infections can be severely disabling or lethal.

At the time the study began, organizers were particularly concerned about Zika, which can also spread through sexual transmission and cause debilitating birth defects in unborn babies.

The 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games were held not long after the height of the Zika epidemic. The U of U Health study was mounted as a rapid response to monitor the health of U.S. athletes and staff traveling to Brazil, the epicenter of the outbreak. Of the estimated 2,000 travelers, 950 enrolled in the study, and just under half submitted samples for testing upon return. Participants who tested positive were sent letters explaining their results and recommending they consult with their health care provider.

“We all had our Hollywood sunglasses on, and they blinded us to other possibilities,” says Marc Couturier, Ph.D., a medical director at ARUP Laboratories who led the testing. “We can’t forget that West Nile Virus has been around for a while, and is still here.”

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Dirty laundry is a major cause of bed bug menace, says study


Researchers hope findings will encourage people to keep dirty laundry in sealed bags, especially when staying in hotels.

Researchers say that leaving worn clothes exposed in sleeping areas when travelling may lead to bed bug infestation. (Photo: AP)

 Researchers say that leaving worn clothes exposed in sleeping areas when travelling may lead to bed bug infestation. (Photo: AP)

A new study now shows that bed bugs are attracted to dirty laundry.

The researchers hope that their findings will encourage people to keep dirty laundry in sealed bags, especially when staying in hotels, to reduce spread of infestations to other people/

The study was conducted by the University of Sheffiel;d and researchers say that leaving worn clothes exposed in sleeping areas when travelling may lead to bed bug infestation.

According to Dr William Hentley, the lead author of the study, bed bugs are a huge problem for hotel and homeowners, particularly in some of the world’s biggest and busiest cities. He went on to add that once infested it is very difficult to get rid of the insects.

One possible way bed bugs are spreading is through clothing and luggage.

To investigate this, the researchers carried out experiments in two identical, temperature-controlled rooms.

Four bags of clothes – two containing dirty clothes, and two with clean clothes – were placed in the presence of bed bugs.

One room had increased levels of carbon dioxide to simulate human breathing.

The researchers found that in the room without the human, bed bugs were twice as likely to aggregate on the dirty clothes than the clean ones.

And in the room with high carbon dioxide levels, bed bugs were more likely to leave their refuge and seek a host.

These results suggest that human odour on dirty clothes makes the bed bugs seek a human.