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ALTON, IL (KMOX) - It look likes the Alton Housing Authority has dodged the bullet when it comes to bed bugs.

Housing Authority Director Andy Hightower says only two units in one of the authority’s buildings have tested positive for the bugs and they are being treated.

As KMOX News reported last week, Hightower was afraid treating the outbreak could cut into funding for summer youth programs.

What started as an infestation in one apartment in Alton Manor two months ago later spread to require treatments in four buildings there and six buildings at Oakwood Estates Complex.

If all 246 units would have required treatment, it would have cost the authority about $250,000.

Hightower now says the treatments have cost $42,500, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development has already approved the change in his budget to allow him to cover those costs.

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