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Bed Bugs Dying After Merck Drug Suggests Possible Weapon

Bed bugs died after feeding on people treated with Merck & Co.’s Stromectol, a treatment typically used against parasitic worms, in the first study to investigate the drug’s potential to control the blood-suckers.

Three out of five bed bugs died after blood meals from people who had taken Stromectol, also called ivermectin, three hours earlier, according to research presented at a scientific meeting in Atlanta yesterday. The pill, along with conventional measures such as pesticides, may improve chances of eliminating the pest, said John Sheele, an emergency physician at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, who led the study.