Bed bugs found at Concord hotel after woman develops skin rash

- The Cabarrus Health Alliance confirmed to FOX 46 Charlotte that a Concord hotel had a case of bed bugs that left a woman covered in rashes in early June.

"I was covered," Carissa Roman said. "I was there for work. I was doing presentations all week."

Roman traveled on business from Connecticut and stayed at the Hampton Inn and Suites at 9850 Weddington Rd. in Concord.

Roman stayed in a room on the fourth floor and said it didn't take long before she was bitten by bed bugs.

"It was a lot more than just a couple of bites," Roman said.

Roman said the hotel moved her to a different room and reimbursed her for her stay. She said she threw out her traveling clothes and has been prescribed medication from a doctor.

"I had bites on my face, all over my chest," Roman added.

Cabarrus County records show Roman (whose husband filed a complaint) stayed at the hotel from June 3-8. The room was tested for bed bugs on June 8 and later, the "manager confirmed there was bed bugs and they had been treated."

The county said neighboring rooms were checked for bed bugs and none were found.

A Hampton Inn employee said, "from time to time, every hotel has that situation."

The General Manager declined a formal interview.

The E.P.A. said bed bugs are as thin as the width of a credit card. The signs of beds bugs include rusty or reddish sheets, egg shells, shed skins and a musty odor.

The county said it was pleased with the response from Hampton Inn.

Roman, who weeks later, still shows signs of rashes, said people need to be aware.

"It's almost like once it's too late, then you know."

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