A major outbreak of listeria, salmonella or some other food-borne outbreak could temporarily squash the city’s bedbug program because public health resources would have to be redeployed.


A report to the Toronto Board of Health on the Toronto Bed Bug Project from Medical Officer of Health David McKeown says public health inspectors and nurses have been seconded to the bedbug project. The city wants to hire a project manager to coordinate bedbug control, as well as six inspectors, three nurses, social service workers, a bedbug educator and a research analyst.