The Associated Press is reporting that a medical clinic and shelter in Pikeville have been closed until early April, while owners attempt to treat the entire facility for a bedbug infestation. Westcare Kentucky Vice President Leslie Balonick says the bugs were found in a room in the men's dormitory and an exterminator advised closing the Pikeville clinic for the next ten days. Exterminators will use that time to clean out the buildings.
Balonick says the facility can house up to 30 people, and its expected to re-open April 4th. Pike County's Health Department Environmental Director Zora May says her agency hasn't been notified of any problems at the facility. May stresses that bedbugs are a nuisance, but aren't a threat to the community.