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UN Problems: Sudan, Gaza Flotilla ... Bedbugs

Oct 28, 2010 – 10:08 AM
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Mara Gay

Mara Gay Contributor

(Oct. 28) -- New York City's bedbug epidemic has gone global, striking the United Nations with an onslaught of the creepy, crawly creatures.

After biting their way through other Big Apple landmarks, from the Empire State Building to the Metropolitan Opera House, the tiny insects have made it to the U.N.

A U.N. spokesman acknowledged this week at a briefing that there is a problem.

In between questions about the Gaza flotilla and human rights in Sudan, Martin Nesirky, spokesman for the secretary-general, said the organization takes "any incursion into the U.N. compound very seriously." He said bedbug-sniffing dogs had detected the insects in conference room furniture, which had been replaced.

None of the building's staffers have complained of any infestation in their offices, Nesirky told the Canadian Press.

And the U.N. noted it isn't the only building suffering in the city.

"Bedbug infestations have been found in many public and commercial buildings throughout New York City, indicating a worsening problem,"
the U.N. said in a statement, according to Reuters.

So far, however, there are no known plans for the U.N. to form a commission to study bedbugs.
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