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Vol 73, No 2 (2022)
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Published online: 2022-06-29
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Bed bugs on ship: a French review

Annabelle Gressier1, Thierry Sauvage23, Fréderic Saunier34, Brice Lodde153, David Lucas153
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Pubmed: 35781682
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IMH 2022;73(2):73-76.
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  1. Occupational and Environmental Diseases Centre, Teaching Hospital, Brest, France
  2. Seamen’s Health Service, Ministry of Transport, Paris-La Defence, France
  3. French Society for Maritime Medicine, Brest, France
  4. Seamen’s Health Service, Ministry of Transport, Nantes, France
  5. ORPHY Laboratory, University Brest, France

open access

Vol 73, No 2 (2022)
MARITIME MEDICINE Short communication
Submitted: 2022-03-24
Accepted: 2022-06-10
Published online: 2022-06-29

Abstract

Background: Linked to the increase in international travel and development of insecticide resistance,
a resurgence of bed bug infestation has been observed since the 2000’s and become now a worldwide
public health problem. Passenger ships as part of the tourism industry are traditionally infested by bed
bugs, but the whole maritime world is now concerned.
Materials and methods: We conducted a short questionnaire-survey among the 22 doctors of the French
seafarers’ health services to assess the level of this phenomenon in the occupational maritime environment.
Results: Twenty seven per cent of the doctors reported that a patient shared to them a bed bug infestation
on board. In that case, all declared that the infestation impacted the patient’s life on board. Eighteen per
cent responded that a shipowner had already sought their support in face of a bed bug infestation. Lastly,
27% considered that bed bug infestation is an increasing problem.
Conclusions: Bed bugs infestation on board has a major impact on the seafarers and passengers, and
significant economic consequences. Preventive measures need to be implemented to limit the risks of
dissemination. It is essential to inform and educate seafarers on best practice.

Abstract

Background: Linked to the increase in international travel and development of insecticide resistance,
a resurgence of bed bug infestation has been observed since the 2000’s and become now a worldwide
public health problem. Passenger ships as part of the tourism industry are traditionally infested by bed
bugs, but the whole maritime world is now concerned.
Materials and methods: We conducted a short questionnaire-survey among the 22 doctors of the French
seafarers’ health services to assess the level of this phenomenon in the occupational maritime environment.
Results: Twenty seven per cent of the doctors reported that a patient shared to them a bed bug infestation
on board. In that case, all declared that the infestation impacted the patient’s life on board. Eighteen per
cent responded that a shipowner had already sought their support in face of a bed bug infestation. Lastly,
27% considered that bed bug infestation is an increasing problem.
Conclusions: Bed bugs infestation on board has a major impact on the seafarers and passengers, and
significant economic consequences. Preventive measures need to be implemented to limit the risks of
dissemination. It is essential to inform and educate seafarers on best practice.

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Keywords

bed bug, ship, seaman, pest control, prevention, naval medicine

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Title

Bed bugs on ship: a French review

Journal

International Maritime Health

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Vol 73, No 2 (2022)

Article type

Short communication

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73-76

Published online

2022-06-29

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490

DOI

10.5603/IMH.2022.0011

Pubmed

35781682

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IMH 2022;73(2):73-76.

Keywords

bed bug
ship
seaman
pest control
prevention
naval medicine

Authors

Annabelle Gressier
Thierry Sauvage
Fréderic Saunier
Brice Lodde
David Lucas

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