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US assesses illness from bed bud control

There were 111 cases of illness associated with the use of insecticides to control bed bugs ( Cimex lectularius) in seven US states between 2003 and 2010, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Most of the cases (81%) were of “low severity”, but there was one fatality, the CDC notes. Pyrethroid or pyrethrin insecticides were implicated in 89% of the cases, including the fatality. The most common factors contributing to illness were excessive insecticide applications, failure to wash or change treated bedding, and inadequate notification of pesticide applications, the CDC points out.



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