Barbados health ministry monitoring reports of bed bugs

Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr Kenneth George

By Joy Springer

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) — The ministry of health and wellness is closely monitoring reported sightings of bed bugs mainly in public spaces in Barbados, and is asking householders to report any sightings on their premises to the Environmental Health Department.

Acting chief medical officer of health, Dr Kenneth George, told a media briefing that, while the ministry had received reports of bed bug sightings at various institutions, only “a few” had been confirmed by the environmental health officers.

He stressed that bed bugs did not represent a public health challenge, since they did not transmit disease: “They are considered a nuisance or a pest. If bitten, there can be irritation and redness and…

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