Baby dies, siblings in hospital after mom treats home for bed bugs

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ALBERTA, Canada – A baby has died and her four siblings are in the hospital after their mother treated the family home for bed bugs.

Officials said the 8-month-old girl died after her mother used an illegally imported pesticide from Pakistan, phosphine, to kill the bugs in the apartment.

The other four siblings, ranging in age from 2 to 7 years old, are said to be improving but remain in critical condition.

The mother was checked at the hospital and has been released, according to CBC News.

According to Canada’s Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), phosphine is classified as a poisonous material with immediate and serious effects. Its health effects are listed as “very toxic.”

Zaid Suliaman, the president of the Pakistani Cultural Association in the family’s area, told CBC News this is a very sad situation for the family but that it could have ended with even more devastating consequences.

“It could have been [worse] if [the phosphane] was in the hand luggage and it got wet on the airplane, you could have had a whole airplane full of dead people,” he said.

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    • bob

      I don’t know, but I don’t see how depriving the survivors of their mother, who has obviously learned her lesson, would make the world a better place.

  • Dahai

    How sad it is that people only know poor methods. Most bed bug control products do nothing to those inside electronics. A survived one lays up to 300 eggs. How difficult it is to kill the bugs faster than they lay eggs!
    Google “bed sized bed bug trap” to convert an entire bed into a trap. Sleeper becomes inaccessible CO2 bait. Bed bugs in a mattress, behind a wall, under floor, and inside electronics suicide when they seek food. No bite at night is as sure as sleeping in a bathtub. Scientists don’t need to develop trap bait. Sleeper is the best inaccessible CO2 bait for a bed sized trap. It is not important how many bugs are trapped today or when the last one starves because one-time easy job have stopped bite forever with little effort. It is also easy to stop bite at day time because hungry bugs have little energy to leave hiding places before you sleep. Catch bed bugs into a glass jar to confirm the short life. They must starve quickly after crawling every night for food in futile.
    Mattress encasement is as nonsense as a camper sleeps outside tent and uses the tent as bush encasement to seal mosquitoes inside a bush. Mattress or bush does not need any protection after the sleeper is on top of bed sized trap or inside tent. Methods of vacuum, steam, and chemical are as foolish as mattress encasement, suffering endless cycles of killing, feeding, and laying eggs. Misleading methods make such an easy job become extremely difficult.

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