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Lincoln care facility has bed bugs

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By: Bill Schammert
bschammert@klkntv.com

One of Lincoln's premiere elderly care facilities is now dealing with a bed bug infestation.  The problem was discovered this Sunday at Tabitha's main facility on 47th and Randolph.

Tabitha officials tell KLKN that the incident has been isolated to one patient's room.  That patient has since been moved and the room is undergoing decontamination efforts.

Patients, workers and their families are in the process of being notified.

"It's important, when you have a story like this. that you tell it and are transparent, we take care of people," Senior Vice President, Joyce Ebmeier, said. 

Tabitha says it has tracked the case down to one specific visitor that visited the infected room.

"People have a misconception that this has something to do with unsanitary conditions," Ebmeier said.  "The fact of the matter is, bed bugs are hitchhikers."

Tabitha remains confident that it has the problem contained, but its flying in specially trained dogs from Chicago to make sure.

"We're going to continue with all the prevention and continue checking to make sure everything is okay," Ebmeier said.

Tabitha says it has gone through this before at another facility.  Ebmeier told us, it's important as a health care facility to have a plan in place.

"The only good thing you can say about bed bugs in this day and age is that there's enough experience to know good steps to take to contain containment and protect people," Ebmeier said.

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