Bedbug scare in Pueblo high school leads to health inspection


HIGH SCHOOL IN PUEBLO… A SCIENCE TEACHER… COLLECTING A BED BUG INSIDE A CLASSROOM…PARENTS REACHING OUT TO US FOR ANSWERS… NEWS 5’S JESSICA BARRETO WATCHING OUT FOR YOU WITH HOW THE SCHOOL REACTED AND THE OUTCOME OF A HEALTH DEPARTMENT INSPECTION,… WHAT CAN YOU TELL US JESSICA?? ROB… THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT DID CONFIRM THEY RECEIVED A BED BUG COMPLAINT YESTERDAY… AFTER INSPECTORS CHECKED OUT THE AREA… THEY FOUND NO OTHER TRACES OF BED BUGS… BUT DESPITE THE NUISANCE… STUDENTS IN THE SCIENCE CLASS WHERE THE BUG WAS SPOTTED… LEARNED A THING OR TWO ABOUT THIS SPECIMEN UP CLOSE… :02 “HAPPENED TO NOTICE A BUG CRAWLING ACROSS A STUDENT’S BACKPACK.” STUDENTS AT A SCIENCE CLASS HERE AT DOLORES HUERTA HIGH SCHOOL… TAKING UP A LIVE EXPERIMENT WHEN A BED BUG DECIDED TO PAY A VISIT… :07 “THEY LOOKED AT IT UNDERNEATH THE MICROSCOPE AND THEY COMPARED IT TO SOME OF THE WEBSITES AND THAT KIND OF THING AND THEY DID ACTUALLY DETERMINE THAT IT WAS ONE.” AFTER CONSULTING WITH D60 AND THE SCHOOL NURSE… SCHOOL PRINCIPAL FRED SEGURA… CALLED THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT AROUND 2:30 P.M…. WHO SENT OUT TWO INSPECTORS TO SWEEP THE CLASSROOM AND SCHOOL BUSES… THE INSPECTION TOOK MORE THAN AN HOUR… AND TURNED UP WITH NO OTHER TRACES OF BED BUGS… :06 “AFTER THEIR SEARCH, THEY WERE CONVINCED THAT THERE’S NO EPIDEMIC, THERE’S NO INFESTATION, WE’RE GOOD HERE AT DHPH.” DESPITE THE ALL-CLEAR… A NOTICE WAS SENT TO PARENTS LIKE SHANDA FLANAGAN… WHO HAS A KINDERGARTNER ENROLLED HERE… :02 “IT WAS NICE TO HAVE OPEN COMMUNICATION.” BUT SHE SAYS THERE WASN’T MUCH TO GET WORKED UP ABOUT… :02 “”I WAS NOT ALARMED, IT WAS ONE BEDBUG.” THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAYS BED BUGS ARE USUALLY FOUND IN RESIDENTIAL AREAS… SINCE A SCHOOL IS FAR FROM THEIR IDEAL FEEDING GROUND. :08 “A BEDBUG’S GONNA STARVE IN THIS TYPE OF PLACE BECAUSE AGAIN, THEY’RE NOCTURNAL FEEDERS, THEY DON’T COME OUT, THEY DON’T FEED DURING THE DAYTIME AND THERE’S NOBODY HERE IN THE EVENING.” BUT THERE IS ALWAYS A CHANCE THEY COULD POP UP… :07 “GENERALLY, IT’S PRETTY RARE THAT A BED BUG WOULD HITCH A RIDE ON A BACKPACK OR ARTICLE OF CLOTHING BUT IT DOES HAPPEN.” THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT — ALSO NOTING THAT BED BUGS ARE NOT KNOWN TO CARRY DISEASES… BUT THEY ARE ADVISING PARENTS AND TEACHERS HERE TO REMAIN VIGILANT FOR ANY SIGNS OF BEDBUGS… A WARNING FLANAGAN HAS PASSED ON TO HER DAUGHTER… :02 “SHE UNDERSTANDS AND SHE KNOWS WHAT TO LOOK FOR.” THE SCHOOL ALSO SAID IT WILL CONTINUE TO KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR ANY OTHER SIGNS OF BED BUGS AND TAKE THE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS SHOULD ANY OTHER PROBLEMS ARISE… BUT RIGHT NOW THEIR MAIN FOCUS IS KEEPING THE FLU AT BAY RATHER THAN BED BUGS…

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