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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Another bed bug has found at the Cuyahoga County Justice Center and that has led to alarm among court employees.

The county held special meetings for court employees Monday, telling them what to watch for, and what to do when they spot a bed bug.

And now the court is ending out information to 500 court employees about bed bugs.

The bug found Monday was in a courtroom. Another found recently was on an administrative floor.

A justice center spokesperson released the following statement to the media:

The Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court is aware that bed bugs have been found in the Justice Center.

The areas in question have been treated and workers were advised of the discovery and provided with instruction on the prevention and treatment of bed bugs. An additional meeting with bed bug experts was held Monday afternoon for any interested Court employees.

Unfortunately, no office is totally safe from the potential for bed bugs or any other pests. According to the Cleveland Department of Public Health, public health officials and pest control operators in northeast Ohio and across the country are responding to a significant increase in bed bug complaints.

Bed bugs are found in office buildings, retail stores, hospitals, dormitories, nursing homes, libraries, movie theaters, buses, or any other place where people gather. With tens of thousands of people coming through the Justice Center every week, we are not immune.

According to the Cuyahoga County Bed Bug Task Force, bed bug numbers in offices tend to be low, increasing by periodic reintroduction's rather than through reproduction. We have been assured that our situation is not an "infestation", but are isolated incidents.

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