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TDIFest 2008 Discussion about TDIFest 2008 that was held in Mason, OH on the Labour Day weekend (August 29th - August 31st, 2008) .

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Old September 5th, 2008, 08:27   #1
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Default Insect bites at the KIR

I've just had a call from Carrie Yeager, an investigator with the Warren County Health Department.

She has visited the KIR, and went through the rooms of many of the folks that suffered insect bites. She found no evidence of bedbugs, and she looked carefully. She has spoken to many of our folks about what they have experienced.

Cincinnati (and the midwest in general) has been plagued with an outbreak of bugbites and rashes. The cause has been determined to be a resurgence of a tiny insect called itch mites or Oak mites. See the links below for further explanations.

This sure sounds like what we experienced. I'm sorry that folks suffered with this, but happy that it is NOT directly related to our hotel choice.

Please read all three articles. Please note that there is no danger of infestation of your homes.

http://www.wcpo.com/content/news/loc...B53F8&gsa=true

http://www.oznet.ksu.edu/news/sty/20...ites101805.htm

http://www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/pcitchmites.htm
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Old September 5th, 2008, 08:48   #2
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Thanks for posting this Bruce,

makes me feel better to know it wasnt directly related to the hotel, and could have easily been from the trees in the area.

I know lots of us were hanging out in the shade.
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Old September 5th, 2008, 09:32   #3
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I am glad to know that they are not bed bug bites as I too talked with Carrie Yeager this morning. While it now seems completely excessive that I would not unpack my belongings in my house and took all the luggage and all of the bedding and towels that Shalon and I used while at my house to the laundromat - eschewing my own washer - to wash everything in hot water and dry the heck out of it, I will now be sleeping much better at night. That is once these bites finally go away.
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Old September 5th, 2008, 12:16   #4
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Haiku, Good night, Sleep tight & don't let the ..... well you know the rest.
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Old September 5th, 2008, 12:37   #5
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Good news. I spoke with Shawn, the General Manager of the King's Island Resort & Conference Center, and the ECOLAB exterminator on Tuesday before Jason and I departed. We got a couple of nibbles, but nothing anywhere close to what other people suffered. Shawn and the exterminator checked our room and found no evidence of bed bugs, which is a huge relief. However, we did spot a couple of spiders... one in the room, and one making an attempt to get in.

I have to say, Shawn was very concerned about the people who suffered the bites, and I think he did everything he could to deal with the situation when he found out about it.
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Old September 5th, 2008, 13:58   #6
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we have all experience these bites too. We had decided that they could be bed bugs too. Glad to know otherwise. These things itch!!
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Old September 5th, 2008, 14:32   #7
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Just FYI. The hotel's position is that there is no evidence of room infestation. Therefore, no compensation/refunds will be offered.

Sorry.....
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Old September 5th, 2008, 17:53   #8
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And here I was wondering if it was just my family that had these! Is there anything we can do to get rid of them?
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Old September 5th, 2008, 18:26   #9
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There is no real treatment for these mites. The effects are usually gone in 10-14 days. Try not to scratch inflamations, as this can lead to skin infections.

Benadryl can be taken if the itching is severe. Some folks try hydrocortisone cremes on the inflammations, but there is no solid medical recommendation for these.
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Old September 5th, 2008, 19:49   #10
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looks like i'm not the only one. it seems to be better now the itches is going.
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Old September 5th, 2008, 23:29   #11
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I didn't stay at the hotel. I noticed bites that were a little harsher than mosquito bities. I spent all weekend in the "Lot" area under the shade.

Overheard a few people taking about the possible bed bite issue during the show-n-shine.

I thought it was from the night drive home. Windows open flying up the interstate.

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AK Mike and Torque Delight both had these, and they stayed at the Sheraton. Definitely not a hotel room issue.
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Old September 8th, 2008, 06:34   #13
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While visiting in your room (while the LAN was being constructed) I felt something akin to a pinprick on my arm. AK Mike said I was being a hypochondriac, that I was imagining things. Well I imagined that pain into a red bull's eye with a white center. The red is faded now, but the center scab remains, as do those of the other 'targets' I aquired that weekend.
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Old September 8th, 2008, 08:47   #14
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Within 3 days of being bitten by a tick, many people will develop a red spot that never expands to bigger than a dime. This is an allergic reaction to the saliva that the tick is spitting into you. If the red spot grows in size over a period of a week or so, to bigger than two inches, then it is likely to be a sign that you are infected with the Lyme disease.
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Old September 8th, 2008, 09:42   #15
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All my bites are starting to fade.
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