Danville VA medical building infested by raccoon, then fleas

DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Officials say a Veterans Affairs medical building that serves veterans in Illinois and Indiana is infested by fleas, probably brought in by the raccoons living there during the summer.

The (Danville) Commercial-News reports that pest control workers are handling the problem at the Danville campus of the VA Illiana Health Care System.

VA spokesman Wade Habshey says it started when construction work disturbed the exterior of a medical building, allowing raccoons to move in. A pest control company trapped and removed the raccoons. The flea infestation was noticed in August.

Habshey says some imaging services have been relocated as the building undergoes a series of treatments to get rid of the fleas.

The Danville VA serves veterans in 34 counties in central Illinois and western Indiana.