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What could be several days of monitoring are underway after bed bugs were discovered in a northern Saskatchewan hospital.

The blood-sucking insects - believed to have come in on patients - turned up in two areas of Prince Albert's Victoria Hospital earlier this week.

Dr. Khami Chokani, medical health officer for the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region, won't say where the patients are from or where in the hospital the bugs were discovered.

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Dr. Chokani says both areas have been cleaned but the rest of the hospital must be inspected.

He also says bed bugs are "experts" at hiding and the monitoring could go on for two weeks.

Experts have theorized that an increase in global travel and the banning of certain pesticides may be partly responsible for the insect's spread.

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