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Woman says daughter was bitten by bed bugs at Marlboro County school

A 15-year-old Marlboro County High School student suffered a bad reaction when she was bitten last Tuesday by a bed bug in a computer lab at the school. (WPDE)

A woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, said her 15-year-old daughter who is a student at Marlboro County High School suffered a bad reaction when she was bitten last Tuesday by a bed bug in a computer lab at the school.

The woman said, "When she left school Tuesday morning, she was fine, there was nothing on her whatsoever. When she come home, they were bite marks on her where she have set in a computer lab. Where she was getting bit by something and she addressed it to the substitute and the substitute said, 'That's Marlboro County High School for you.'"

She said she's taken her daughter to three different doctors and now she needs to see a specialist.

The woman said her child hasn't been to school since last Tuesday.

"The doctors got her out until she goes to a specialist tomorrow. To get more medicine for it, to clear it all up. And so she's been out of school with this matter since last Tuesday. She is missing all of her classwork. She's missing a very important test that she needs to be taking, dealing with this matter."

A bed bug was found in a classroom last week at Marlboro County High School, according to Marlboro County School District Public Information Officer Dr. Henry Cobb.

Cobb sent us the following statement on the matter:

"Appropriate corrective measures have been taken, bearing in mind the safety of all concerned. The classroom was thoroughly inspected in order to minimize the risk of spreading bed bugs and the room is being treated by licensed pest management professionals. A letter is being sent home by every student in the classroom where the bed bug was found."

This is the second incident where bed bugs have been found at a school in the district.

Just last week, McColl Elementary Middle School was treated for a bed bug problem.

Creek Bridge High School in Marion County was treated for bed bugs.

Officials with the Chesterfield County School District said a few weeks ago it was determined that bed bugs came in on books bags into McBee High School. The entire building was treated to take care of the problem, according to district administrators.

According to research, school district administrators said, it is very difficult for a school building to become infested.

Officials with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) said they don't respond to bed bug related issues in schools, but trust that school districts will treat the schools to take care of the problem.

The mother of the 15-year-old Marlboro County High School student that was bitten said she's spent money to keep the bugs from coming into her home.

She just wants her daughter to get better so that she can return to school.

Administrators with Marlboro County School District said they're looking into the woman's situation.

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