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Tourist Battles Bed Bug Bites

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by Emily Luxen

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Metro Health Department is investigating a case of bed bugs after a tourist alerted officials to the problem.

Sue Silverstein traveled to Nashville to sell her company's musical instruments at the National Association of Music Merchants convention in Nashville.  After staying at the Howard Johnson on Brick Church Pike, she woke up to find her arms and leg s covered in itchy bites.

"I thought it was fleas," said Silverstein, "it is really itchy and really uncomfortable."

She counted over 200 bed bug bites she knew she got from the hotel.  After complaining to hotel management and calling the Metro Health Department, an inspector came to check out the room.

"When we check for bed bugs we always look behind the headboard, and where the pillow sits on the bed, and underneath the sheets," said Clint Johnson with the Metro Health Department.

Johnson found bed bugs in the mattress in Silverstein's room.  She said her suspicions were confirmed.

"I travel about four months a year, but I have never experienced anything like this."

Silverstein has checked into another hotel, and has been treating the bites with cortisone cream.  She hopes others will learn to be cautious when the travel.

"I think this is a very important issue everybody should know about," said Silverstein.

Johnson said Howard Johnson has 10 days find an exterminator to treat the room and correct the problem.  The Health Department will follow up to make sure the situation has been fixed.

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