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Blood-sucking bedbugs found on Beijing-Shanghai bullet train

BEIJING health officials confirmed that insects that a passenger found on a Beijing-Shanghai bullet train last month were blood-sucking bedbugs, Labor Daily reported today.

The passenger posted a video clip online showing the bedbugs he found on a sleeper bullet train on August 28.

He felt itchy after waking up in the morning, and found seven to eight bedbugs in the sleeping berth, said the report, citing his Weibo posting.

Earlier in August, the Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention warned residents to be cautious about bedbugs, whichhad been detected in public places under poor sanitary conditions.

In Shanghai, all cases of bedbugs in recent years were detected in hotels, and they are probably transported there by travelers, said Leng Peien, director of the Shanghai Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s sector control department.

Bedbugs are parasitic insects that feed on blood. The bugs, which are usually active at night, are likely to stay in warm houses and especially near or inside beds and bedding or other sleeping areas.

Bedbug bites can lead to skin rashes and allergic symptoms. Being bitten over a long time can cause serious conditions like anemia and insomnia, and such bites can be dangerous for children and those with weak immune systems.

Doctors recommend that people with skin rashes get medical treatment.

Bedbugs were prevalent in Shanghai in 1950s and 1960s, greatly annoying local residents. The parasites were almost eradicated after the city carried out campaigns to spray pesticides in neighborhoods.

Spraying for the parasites and washing bedding in hot water and putting it out in the sun can kill bedbugs. Good hygiene is important in preventing bedbugs, experts said.



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