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YOU ASK. WE INVESTIGATE. Bed bug concern at Desert Springs Hospital

Posted at 8:04 PM, Apr 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-07 23:04:17-04

A valley woman believes she got bed bugs while visiting a local hospital, but the hospital staff says they don't have bed bugs.

"I came in there for one reason and walked out with something else," said Johnesha Jones. "That doesn't make any sense to me."

Jones said she went to the Desert Springs Hospital emergency room late Thursday night. As she was getting undressed for part of her treatment, she said she noticed bug bites on her body.

"That's when I told the radiologist, 'hey something bit me,'" said Jones.

Jones said she had bed bugs nine years ago and knows what the bites look like. She told the staff she thought she was bitten by a bed bug while at the hospital.

She said they gave her a prescription for Benadryl, which she picked up at their pharmacy inside the hospital. Jones also said a nurse started cleaning.

"She wiped down the blue chair that I was sitting in, she wiped down her chair, she started wiping down all the chairs inside the triage room," Jones said.

13 Action News reached out to Desert Springs Hospital, and they gave us the following statement: 

"Desert Springs Hospital has investigated the situation and inspected the ER and there are no bed bugs.

"We have not treated any ER patients for bed bug bites acquired at Desert Springs Hospital."

So why is there such a gap between what Jones said and what the hospital said? It's almost impossible prove where you pick up bed bugs.

Jones could have gotten them at the hospital, but also could have gotten them from any other soft surface she came in contact with.