I'm sure most hospital epidemiologists would agree that the issues that cause some of the biggest headaches in day-to-day practice are not the invisible viruses and bacteria that cause all sorts of horrible diseases, but rather the bigger bugs like lice and scabies. Now we have a new one to contend with--bed bugs. My IPs have begun to receive calls about them, and the recent spotting of the bugs in a Newark clinic forced a shutdown of an exam and waiting room, and prompted a newspaper article. Fortunately no diseases are transmitted by these pests. Click here for CDC's guidance and links to other resources.
Photo: Dr. Harold Harlan, Armed Forces Pest Management Board Image Library