Bedbugs, more often associated with low-income housing, have now jumped to hospitals, including the Etobicoke General site of the William Osler Health Centre, which is currently battling a limited infestation.
The problem has been confined to one area on the main floor – part of the emergency department, the staff lounge and a piece of furniture in the critical care unit. Two staffers have reported bites.
The only live bugs have been found in the staff lounge, which remains sealed off, hospital vice-president Dawne Barbieri said Thursday. Only dead bugs, eggs and droppings have been found in the ER and CCU.
Barbieri emphasized the public is not at risk and patients shouldn’t feel deterred from going to the hospital.