UPDATE: Bloody Medical Waste Found Along Cabell County Road Removed

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 7/24/12 @ 9:35 p.m.
CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- What a difference 24 hours makes. Amanda Savage's front yard is all clean. Monday morning, when she woke up, it was a completely different story along W.Va. 10.

"It was full of medical waste," Savage said. "It's disgusting. You don't know what's on those needles or whose blood it is."

The Cabell-Huntington Health Department was brought in to investigate and passed information along to the West Virginia Health Department.
In that trash, scattered on Savage's yard, were syringes, broken bottles, bloodied bandages and human teeth.

"I don't think there's any cause for worry," said David Thompson, program manager for West Virginia's Public Health Sanitation Division. "It turns out, nothing in that mess, is classified as infectious medical waste. It can all be thrown out, under state law, with the trash.

Thompson continued, "It's not infectious, so people should not be able to get sick from it. Those bloody bandages, if it's not in a free flowing form it's not considered to be hazardous. As soon as it's dried, it's lost it's availability to make someone sick."

The investigation is not over, though. The business where the trash came from is now looking at surveillance video to see if the trash was tampered with and disposed of properly.

An infectious sanitarian with the state will tour the property within the next two weeks.

CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Several bags of medical waste containing bloody teeth, bloody gauze, needles and other items were found scattered along W.Va. 10 in Cabell County Monday morning.

Amanda Savage tells WSAZ.com the medical waste was scattered alongside the road for approximately 30 yards in front of her home.

Savage said she can't believe what she's seeing and is concerned for the safety of her children.

"It's disgusting, you don't know what's on these needles or whose blood it is," she said.

A local business label was found in the waste along with patient information.

Savage said she has called the W.Va. State Highway Department, State Police along with Cabell County Health Department to find out what to do.

A representative with the Highway Department is now on scene.
The Health Department is also sending a person to investigate.

WSAZ.com is also investigating how the medical waste got spilled along the road.

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