A study conducted in the United States has counted over a period of three years, one death and 80 others from illness attributable to insecticides used to eliminate bed bugs. In many cases, it is improper use of insecticides to apply yourself, or use of a wrong product. Most of these cases were reported in New York.
The study, published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a U.S. federal agency, is the first to address this issue.
The CDC was unable to obtain data for seven states, including New York, bedbugs have become a high profile issue and where public health has focused its attention on cases of poisoning by chemicals unusual .
CDC investigators said they did not know what conclusions they would reach, and were relieved to have detected a small number of cases. One of them, Dr. Geoff Calvert, co-author of the study, assured that it was not a major public health problem for now.
Bed bugs are wingless insects that bite red-brown in humans and animals to feed on the blood of their victims. Their bites can cause itching, but no case of disease has been linked to these insects.
The study found 111 cases between 2003 and 2010. Most of these cases occurred in recent years. Over half of these 111 cases occurred in New York.
Most of the victims have experienced headaches or dizziness, breathing problems, or nausea and vomiting.