Hospital Workers Doing Better After Illness

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

GASSAWAY, W.Va. (AP) - Things are back to normal at Braxton County Memorial Hospital Thursday -- a day after four workers became ill and a section of the one-floor facility had to be isolated as a precaution.

While the state Department of Environmental Protection is still trying to determine what caused the illnesses, hospital Administrator Ben Vincent says he was given the all clear to reopen the affected section.

The D-E-P's Emergency Response Unit did not register anything out of the ordinary with its air quality testing equipment last night. But the unit did send several samples to a lab. Agency spokeswoman Jessica Greathouse says those results aren't back yet.

Vincent says the theory is that something got into the air system but had disappeared by the time the air samples were taken.

The incident occurred around 4 p-m in an area surrounding a nurse's station at the intersection of two hallways.

The workers had respiratory problems which led to nausea and vomiting. They also complained of a metal taste in their mouths.

All four were checked out in the emergency room and released last night. Vincent says they all seem to be fine today.

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