Bed bugs may carry superbugs

“These findings should not create hysteria,”?said entomologist Jeffrey White.

Bed bugs might be carrying more than just your blood.

A new report released yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that some bed bugs can carry drug-resistant bacteria like MRSA. MRSA is a staph bacteria that can cause deadly infections.

But both city health experts and exterminators warned that New Yorkers should not panic. There is no evidence that bacteria can be transmitted to people from a bed bug, said Health Department officials yesterday.

“Bed bugs have been around for hundreds of years, and in that time, they have not been known to spread disease,” said officials.

According to the CDC report, three bed bugs carrying the bacteria were found on a hospitalized patient in Vancouver.

Bed bug experts expect that this summer will be even more bug-filled than last year’s, when movie theaters and stores like Victoria’s Secret admitted to having the blood-filled critters.

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