Levittown woman infested with bird mites quarantined
Posted 06 June 2008 - 02:44 PM
"A Levittown woman infested with highly contagious bird mites -- parasitic insects spread by wild birds -- was in quarantine Friday after she was evacuated from her home swathed in a hazardous material suit, police said.
Nina Brandica, 45, was put into the suit to prevent the tiny, ravenous insects on her skin and hair from infecting the police officers, firefighters and health officials who loaded her into an ambulance Thursday night and took her to a hospital quarantine unit.
Nassau police officers responded to an 8:48 p.m. call to 100 Saddle Lane, to aid Brandica, a tenant there.
When they realized the nature of the problem, the officers called in the Nassau police Emergency Services Bureau/Haz Mat Unit, as well as fire department and ambulance personnel.
They learned that the mites had spread from a nest in a bathroom vent at the house.
The birds weren't pets, but pests, said Officer Adele Burke, a Nassau police spokeswoman.
"They were wild birds," Burke said. She said the woman had previously been diagnosed with bird mites.
Brandica was admitted to the Nassau University Medical Center quarantine unit for observation and treatment.
Birdmites.org, a Web site about the problem of human infestation, describes the insects: "They are aggressive and they often bite humans when their original food source has gone. . . . They can quickly multiply into thousands, leaving the afflicted person with the feeling of being overwhelmed."
County property records show the house is owned by Louis and Nancy Demetro. County records show the home is classified as a single-family residence occupied by them.
A man who gave his first name as Louis, and who identified himself as the landlord, said Friday that he has at least two tenants in the house, which he said is divided into two apartments.
Outside the small, two-story house Friday morning, Louis said Brandica's health emergency came the same day -- Thursday -- he started eviction proceedings because she had failed to pay her rent for months.
Louis said he checked her apartment for wild birds after she called him Saturday and said she heard a bird noise in a vent, but he found none. He said Brandica stuck her hand in the vent.
Posted 06 June 2008 - 05:55 PM
Thanks! Now my skin is going to be crawling thinking about that story the rest of the day!
Your skin is going to be crawling! I have 4 baby robins that are outside all day and night but I feed them every few hours and they land on me. My skin is REALLY crawling!
2 Finches - Pip & Squeak who's pictures I can't find:blushing:
Posted 07 June 2008 - 03:16 AM
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Lizzy - :i.batan: Buckeye and Charlie - :Tafrgrey::Tafrgrey: ,3 finches,3 grasskeets ,2 jack russels, 2 horses,
Posted 09 June 2008 - 11:09 AM
Not pictured CAG Maggie, two poms Cricket & Lucy, CockerSpanial Sammy, Maltese Jazmine & 2 annoying cats Pugs & Beasly
Posted 10 June 2008 - 03:43 AM
I got infested with bush fleas once and I still have the scars to prove it. They burrow their heads into your skin and suck your blood. You have to get tweezers to pull them off, but their bodies rip off from their heads which are still buried in you and will get infected if you don't get them out. I have little scars on the insides of my legs, and one on my tummy.
I have an even bigger scar on my hip, right next to my tattoo from a tick that went on me once- worse than bush fleas.
urgh. I hate parasites.
Posted 11 June 2008 - 08:42 AM
I got fleas from my cat once... and I'v had nits..... itchy itchy!
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