Miami, Florida (PRWEB) November 12, 2012
Desert War veterans suffering from mystery illnesses loosely defined as "Gulf War Syndrome" have a new concern. Medical studies and researchers now show bed bugs represent a lethal threat to America's veterans due changes to their immune system while in service in Afghanistan and Iraq. This information has not been disseminated to veterans by the Departement of Veterans Affairs. Immunology and Allergy specialist such as Dr. Robert Pulcini of Greenville, South Carolina (http://allergies.about.com/od/insectallergie1/a/bedbugs.htm) are warning that due to veteran's having significant changes to their immune systems, bed bug bites can result in life threatening anaphylactic shock which can be fatal. Dr. Pulcini and other specialists are issuing epinephrine injectors as a life saving last hope for affected soldiers. The shot is the the same shot issued to veterans to ward off chemical attacks on the battlefield. This assertation is now being backed up by major lawfirms such as Edgar Snyder and associates of Pennsylvania (http://www.edgarsnyder.com/injury/bed-bug-injuries/index.html) and many other national lawfirms from Illinois, Alabama, and California.
Secretary Eric K. Shinseki head of the Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) has been informed of the need to warn veterans of the situation, as well as veterans service organizations including the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran's of America (IAVA). Veterans are being warned that they should be aware of the presence of bed bug infestations when they rent hotels and take proper precautions to avoid bites. Recent media reports on lawsuits show that French hotel giant Accor owner of Motel 6 and nearly 20 other chains, has been the target of numerous high profile lawsuits in this area, and like many other hotel congolomerates have failed to remedy the problem (http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2012-03-09/news/bs-md-bed-bug-verdict-20120309_1_bedbug-infestation-bunk-beds-bed-wetting). Accor, the world's largest hotel corporation is also being targeted by consumer groups such as bedbugregistry.com for knowingly having dozens of bed bug infested hotels (http://bedbugregistry.com/hotel/chains/Motel-6/). The danger posed by bed bugs is validated by a joint 2011 report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) citing the facts that bed bugs are known to cause deadly allergic reactions and infections, with their long term health threat being unknown (http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/ehs/publications/bed_bugs_cdc-epa_statement.htm).