Parasitology: The Bedbug's Big Bite

The bedbug has long been known to carry microbes capable of causing human disease, but with advances in hygiene and improvements in pesticides the problem seemed academic for many Western countries. Now, the great increase in tourist and business travel to undersanitized parts of the world means that the bedbug has to be taken seriously once again. And not only for its infuriating bite. Dr. George J. Burton, a medical entomologist for the U.S. Public Health Service who has studied bedbugs in India and British Guiana, says in Public Health Reports that...

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