US New Hampshire hospital emergency reopens after mystery odor

00:01  13 august  2017
00:01  13 august  2017 Source:   Associated Press

Parts of N.H. hospital evacuated after unknown odor detected

  Parts of N.H. hospital evacuated after unknown odor detected <p>Two major sections of Exeter Hospital have been evacuated after patients and staff reported flu-like symptoms in the operating and emergency rooms of the New Hampshire facility, a town official wrote in an e-mail.</p>The source of the odor that is sickening both staff and patients remained a mystery Friday afternoon, Town Manager Russ Dean wrote in the e-mail. He said about 40 patients are believed to have been affected by the leak.

EXETER, N . H . (AP) — A hospital emergency department in New Hampshire is open again, one day after an unknown odor sickened 19 workers. The emergency department reopened Saturday afternoon after extensive cleaning.

EXETER, N . H . (AP) — A hospital emergency department in New Hampshire is open again, one day after an unknown odor sickened 19 workers. Nineteen staff members at Exeter Hospital were evaluated after some complained of dizziness and nausea on Friday morning.

Emergency responders work to transfer staff members from Exeter Hospital to other Seacoast hospitals following an evacuation of Exeter Hospital's operating room area and emergency room, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 in Exeter, N.H. (Rich Beauchesne/Portsmouth Herald via AP) © The Associated Press Emergency responders work to transfer staff members from Exeter Hospital to other Seacoast hospitals following an evacuation of Exeter Hospital's operating room area and emergency room, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 in Exeter, N.H. (Rich Beauchesne/Portsmouth Herald via AP)

EXETER, N.H. — A hospital emergency department in New Hampshire is open again, one day after an unknown odor sickened 19 workers.

Nineteen staff members at Exeter Hospital were evaluated after some complained of dizziness and nausea on Friday morning. Officials say all had recovered by Friday evening.

The hospital shut down an inpatient operation room and the emergency room directly above it. Authorities said a thorough investigation by the state hazmat team and the National Guard was completed Friday night, but officials weren't able to determine the cause.

The emergency department reopened Saturday afternoon after extensive cleaning. The operating room is expected to reopen Monday morning.

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