Galesburg High School notifies parents of 2 bed bugs cases

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Bed Bug

GALESBURG, Illinois — Reports of two Galesburg High School students having bed bugs prompted a notification to parents.

While administrators said they do not believe the cases are related, they wanted to be cautious, according to the Galesburg Register Mail.  The notification was issued on Wednesday, September 28, 2016.

Administrators enacted containment protocol as outlined by local health officials after they found out about the first case during the week of September 19.  The school district thought the issue had been taken care of, but then found out about the second case on Wednesday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that bed bugs are not a public health hazard and are not known to spread disease.  Anyone who visits an infested area is at risk of getting bed bugs, but people who often travel and sleep where others have slept have a higher risk of becoming infested.