THE STRAITS TIMES – FRIDAY, MAY 13 2011 ATLANTA: Could blood-sucking bedbugs get any creepier? The answer is “yes”. Researchers have reported an alarming combination: bedbugs carrying potent drug-resistant bacteria. The discovery was made after five bedbugs were plucked off hospitalised patients from a rough section of Vancouver, where rates of poverty, HIV and injection drug use are high. The bugs were found to be infected with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VRE), said the United States Centers..
THE STRAITS TIMES – WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6 2010 “HAVE you noticed black spots along the seams of your mattress or bedsheet? Or woken up with rows of itchy red welts on exposed parts of your body? If the answer is “yes”, you may be sleeping with bedbugs. The problem appears to be bugging more people here. While no official statistics are available, a spokesman for the Singapore Pest Management Association (SPMA) said it has observed a “gradual increase in service calls on bedbugs”. But the situation has yet to reach the near-epidemic lev..
The Straits Times - Friday October 2, 2015 By Audrey Tan The seasonal haze that affects Singapore and the region was once thought to dampen dengue activity here, as the smoke was believed to be able to kill the Aedes mosquitoes that carry the virus. But Professor Annelies Wilder-Smith, an infectious disease expert from the Nanyang Technological University's Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, believes otherwise. "Even if the toxic components of the haze do result in a higher mortality rate of Aedes mosquitoes, the haze may have changed both human and mosquito behaviour ..