AUBURN, Ala. (EETV)- Bedbugs have recently been reported at the East Alabama Medical Center.

Bedbugs, according to the Centers for Disease Control, “are small, flat, parasitic insects that feed solely on the blood of people and animals while they sleep.”

East Alabama Medical Center spokesperson John Atkinson wrote in a statement to Eagle Eye TV:

“High-quality compassionate health care is our mission each and every day, and to every patient. It is not uncommon for a situation like this to affect any location where guests come and go with frequency, such as hotels and movie theaters. We recently had a few isolated bed bug situations, introduced from outside of the hospital. Along with our pest control company, we took immediate and aggressive steps to eliminate the pests and have continually improved our processes to prevent the spread. We will always work tirelessly to ensure the best environment for our patients, guests and staff.”

The CDC says bedbugs affect individuals in different ways, but are not known to spread disease.