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Bed Bug Infestation: Federal Government Increases Surveillance at Points of Entry

In response to the recent outbreak of bed bug infestation in France and other parts of Europe, the Federal Government of Nigeria has taken proactive measures to intensify surveillance at all points of entry. This move aims to prevent the introduction and spread of bed bugs into the country [1].

According to a press statement signed by Patricia Deworitshe, the Director of Media and Public Relations at the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, the government is committed to implementing appropriate public measures and responses to contain the bed bug infestation nationwide [1].

Key Details:

  1. Recent Wave of Bed Bugs in Paris: Paris has experienced a recent wave of bed bug infestations, with sightings reported in various locations such as Charles de Gaulle airport, the Paris metro, high-speed trains, and movie theaters [1][2].
  2. Ministry’s Efforts: The Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Professor Ali Pate, has revealed that the ministry has developed a draft sheet to strengthen awareness and health education on the control of bed bugs. This sheet will be circulated soon to enhance public knowledge about bed bug prevention and control [1].
  3. Importance of Public Cooperation: Professor Pate has urged the public to cooperate with Port Health Officers at points of entry. Their surveillance activities play a crucial role in preventing the introduction and spread of bed bugs [1].

Understanding Bed Bugs:

  • Description: Bed bugs are small, flat, parasitic insects that feed exclusively on the blood of humans and animals while they sleep. They are reddish-brown in color, wingless, and range in size from 1mm to 7mm [1][3]. Identify Bed Bugs: How They Start, Where They Come From
  • Habitats: Bed bugs are commonly found in areas where people sleep, such as apartments, shelters, hotels, dorm rooms, and public transportation vehicles like buses and trains. During the day, they hide in various places near beds, such as mattress seams, box springs, bed frames, headboards, and cracks or crevices [1][3].

Learn more:

  1. Bed bug infestation: FG intensifies surveillance at entry points – Healthwise
  2. Bedbug fears grip Paris as French minister pledges action
  3. Bed Bugs | Informational Guide to Bed Bugs | Purdue | Monitoring | Control | Treatment | IPM |Prevention | Biology | Health Issues
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