UPDATE: Bed bug issue reported and addressed at Monongalia County nursing home

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File In this Wednesday, March 30, 2011 file photo, A bed bug is displayed at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History in Washington. Canadian scientists detected drug-resistant MRSA bacteria in bedbugs from three hospital patients from a downtrodden Vancouver neighborhood. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

MORGANTOWN W.Va. – A concern of bed bugs at Evergreen Assisted Living in Morgantown was recently raised. 

The Monongalia County Health Department received a complaint on Wednesday, May 29.  This was passed on to the Office of Health Facility Licensure and Certification, which is part of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and inspects nursing homes and hospitals. 

The complaint was made by a disgruntled employee, according to Lori Rankin, the facility’s administrator.

The issue affected one bed, in one room, Rankin said.  As soon as facility officials learned of it, they removed the resident and all of their belongings from the room, according to Rankin.  A pest control company was called in and addressed the situation within several hours of being called, Rankin said. High heat treatment was used and the room was sanitized.  The mattress, box spring, headboard and rails were disposed of, Rankin said.   

Residents and family members were being notified of the situation on Friday, Rankin said.

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