John Jay College bitten by bedbugs

September 24, 2009 12:57:03 PM PDT
Add John Jay College of Criminal Justice to the list of buildings to be hit by bedbugs. The college is shutting down one of its buildings at 445 West 59th street in Manhattan and hopes to have it reopened by Tuesday. Classes in that building have either been postponed or rescheduled. "The college is taking it seriously and moving as quickly as possible to treat the building," Jim Grossman, a spokesman for John Jay, told The New York Times.

The college spokesman said people started complaining about skin rashes earlier in the week. An insect was then found by a custodial worker and the school called an exterminator. Bedbugs were found on three floors of the four-story building.

John Jay is calling it a bedbug "condition." Mr. Grossman said, "Infestation is when you can see them swarming."

According to John Jay president, Jeremy Travis, other buildings will be inspected and the school is "taking every precaution to ensure the health and well-being of members of our College community."

Bahar Kocyigit told the New York Times she was relieved the building was closed.

"I'm surprised they do have bedbugs," she said. "I heard about it on Facebook but I didn't know if it were a rumor or not. I figured it would be in the dorms."

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