SUMMARY: Two bed bug researchers had been exposed to bed bug bites over time (either due to being bitten while working in active infestations or through voluntary exposure to maintain colonies). Both researchers after being bitten one day with relatively small bed bug numbers, developed a widespread rash with itching, indicative of a serious systemic reaction. Both were admitted to an emergency department for treatment and subsequently made a full recovery.
One of the authors, Stephen Doggett of NSW Health Pathology, noted that this research demonstrates how bed bugs can be a serious threat to the health of the community. “If people are constantly exposed to bed bug bites (especially in low income housing), then the effects can be extremely deleterious to the individual,” he said.
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