Bed bugs found at Waterbury Career Academy High School

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The Waterbury Board of Education is working with the city’s Health Department after bed bugs were found at Waterbury Career Academy High School on Wednesday. 

Nancy Vaughan, the School Community Relations Coordinator for Waterbury Public Schools, confirms to News 8 that a suspected incident of bed bugs were reported at the high school, at 175 Birch Street, and that the staff immediately addressed the issue.

Students and parents are concerned about the outbreak. There was a long line of parents at the office Wednesday, pulling their kids out of school after finding out about the bedbugs. They were not happy at all, especially since they had found out through word-of-mouth.

One of the parents said, “It is gross, I mean you have to get rid of the clothes. It is like the whole process of it. What is going on? Did you bring it home in your book bag? Did you bring home a couple days ago? How long has it really been going on since they didn’t tell anybody, since the students didn’t know about it.”

Parents still have a lot of questions, so News 8 turned to Dr. Trish Garcia, a hospitalist at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. She says bedbugs are not dangerous, and they don’t spread any diseases. However, any suspected bites should be checked by a health professional. 

“Bedbug bites are annoying they are itchy but your child is not going to get anything major from them,“ said Dr. Garcia.

To get bedbugs from the school into your house, Dr. Garcia said your student have to physically carry one home with them.

“They don’t live on people, they don’t reproduce on people like some bugs do, the only way to get bugs into your house is to have a live bug get into your stuff, your luggage or your clothes,” Dr. Garcia said.

The school is collaborating with the City Health Department, the School Facilities Division and the Bus Company to clean all potentially impacted areas.

They are also working to isolate the source and follow up inspections and remediation will then be undertaken as necessary.

For tips on preventing bed bug infestations, click here.

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