Interesting and scary article about MRSA and connections to bed bugs.
I will wait and see if the bed bugs are spreading it through bites or mechanically spreading it--they walk over a surface with MRSA, get it on their body and then deposit it as they go.
It looks like the bed bugs were from residences where the residents had MRSA infections. To me, it looks like the bed bugs are carrying it on their bodies. I would be interested in looking at all the surfaces of these places to see how much MRSA could be found. Also if there were any cockroaches or other insects that may be in contact with it as well.
It is scary proposition either way--this was what many in my industry are worried about--bed bugs spreading disease. Up until now we were able to say that no diseases were associated with this pest.
Just another reason to call us at APM when you see any evidence of bed bugs!