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Fraternity Takes Out Bedbug Insurance

February 17th, 2012

LINCOLN, Neb. — Fearing the costs of combatting bedbugs, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln fraternity is taking out insurance against an infestation.Sigma Phi Epsilon apparently doesn’t have a problem yet. But, with more than 75 people living in the house, the pests could migrate onto the premises.

The university has been battling bedbugs for several weeks. The pests have been detected in more than 50 dorm rooms.Bedbug problems also have been reported at two other Nebraska colleges.Bedbugs were reported in a residence hall at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, in south-central Nebraska. And a bedbug problem also was reported last week in two rooms at Chadron State College in the Nebraska Panhandle.

2 Responses to “Fraternity Takes Out Bedbug Insurance”

  1. Keith says:

    Quite possibly the best idea because of the high numbers of students coming and going within a college or university. The spread of these little blood suckers doesn’t appear to be getting better and cases continue to pop up across the US.

  2. Bed bugs can cause a number of health effects including skin rashes, psychological effects and allergic symptoms. They are able to be infected by at least 28 human pathogens, but no study has clearly found that the insect is able to transmit the pathogen to a human being. Bed bug bites or cimicosis may lead to a range of skin manifestations from no visible effects to prominent blisters. Diagnosis involves both finding bed bugs and the occurrence of compatible symptoms. Treatment involves the elimination of the insect but is otherwise symptomatic. They have been found with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus MRSA and with vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VRE) but the significance of this is still unknown.

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