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Is infestation with the common bedbug increasing?

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 22 April 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1141
  1. John Paul, consultant microbiologist (,
  2. Janice Bates, consultant microbiologist
  1. Brighton Public Health Laboratory, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton BN2 5BE
  2. Worthing Hospital, Worthing, West Sussex BN11 2DH

    EDITOR—In recent decades the common bedbug, Cimex lectularius, has been so scarce in the United Kingdom that new finds have been considered worthy of publication.1 In 1998 specimens from only one infestation were submitted to Brighton Public Health Laboratory Service for identification, none having been submitted during the previous three years. From February to October 1999specimens from four separate infestations were referred to the service; this suggests that bedbugs are becoming more common.

    Interestingly, in …

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