Sixty years ago, bed bugs were eradicated from the U.S. When DDT was banned by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1972, bed bugs rebounded due to increased international travel, insecticide resistance and a lack of public awareness.
PHOENIX, Ariz. — When Randy Bernstein went up the elevator at Maricopa Medical Center soon after joining the Phoenix, Arizona hospital, he was surprised to find himself standing next to a heaping mound of soiled linen bags.
It has long been thought that environmental cleanliness was the key to curbing the spread of cross-contamination. That’s not to minimize the meticulous hand washing by healthcare workers.
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A Gruesome Laundry Surprise
PHOENIX, Ariz. — A body in a bin was discovered by employees at a Sodexo commercial laundry facility. The body arrived on a delivery truck from medical facilities in Tucson. Team members who were unloading the bins first noticed blood on the sheets then discovered the body in one of the bins. The man, a transient, had previously slept in the laundry-bag area near the Tucson medical facility. It is believed that the man either died from a medical condition or was suffocated by the plastic bags. The body showed no signs of trauma or foul play.