VA hospital building temporary closed to treat bed bug infestation

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- An anonymous viewer told 13 NEWS the some 200 employees at the VA Hospital's Health Resource Center had been advised of a bed bug infestation in the building.

The Shawnee County Heath Agency and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment told 13 NEWS neither agency deals with bed bugs in a government building.

KDHE indicated there were procedures for hotels and motels and other lodging facilities, but not a government agency.

An anonymous viewer told 13 NEWS employees were advised to take off their clothing when they got home from work to ensure bed bugs didn't make their way into homes.

The VA's Public Information Officer Joseph Burks told us there is a procedure the federal government has for dealing with such a problem.

We contacted the VA Health Resource Center directly for an interview, but were eventually told they would only provide a written statement.

We tried to talk with employees of the HRC who told us they appreciated us looking into the incident, but when we asked for an interview the employee said, "I wish I could but we got an email."

We finally did get a statement from the HRC confirming bed bugs were discovered on Wednesday and were limited to a small area.

The statement said "...management has decided to immediately treat the entire building for the overall welfare of our employees. The building closed for operation Thursday at 12:30 p.m., and will remain closed until 7 a.m. Saturday."

The HRC advises there is a procedure in place to keep their operations going in the case of emergency closures such as this one.