New Zealand Nurses Wear Flea Collars to Ward off Blood-SXuckers
"They'll have to burn them every few days when they're full !"
A FLEA problem in hospitals in New Zealand's largest city, Auckland, is forcing some nurses to wear flea collars to ward off the blood-suckers, The New Zealand Herald reported Sunday.
Staff were wearing flea collars on their ankles after being bitten, said Michael Quensell, of pest eradication company Ecolab.
Health authorities however warned against the collars - which emit toxins - saying they had not been tested on humans.
"I wouldn't recommend that because of some of the chemicals in them. People who put them on dogs and cats need to wash their hands carefully afterwards," Manukau District Health Board chief operating officer Ron Dunham said.
As an alternative, authorities provided information about electronic flea collars which emit noise to ward off the pests, but some nurses were still choosing the "real thing."