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Bed bugs infest French train beds

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  • SNCF takes several sleeper carriages out of service due to bed bug infestation
  • France's national rail company found parasites on a night train
  • Train was traveling from the Mediterranean city of Nice to eastern Metz
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PARIS, France (Reuters) -- France's national rail company has taken several sleeper carriages out of service to deal with an infestation of bed bugs.

"Some passengers told us they were bitten," an SNCF official said Friday, adding the parasites had been found on a night train going from the Mediterranean city of Nice to eastern Metz last week.

"We took the affected carriages out to treat them."

To prevent capacity problems, SNCF was not taking any new reservations for night trains from Nice to Paris this week. The affected carriages had already been disinfected and services would be back to normal next week, the official said.

Bed bugs were a rare occurrence, she added.

"It's the kind of little animal that unfortunately you'll only notice when they bite. There's no other way to detect them. They are so small." E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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