Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

'Mass casualty situation' reported at New Hampshire hospital

'Mass casualty situation' reported at New Hampshire hospital

A hospital in the U.S. state of New Hampshire has been evacuated after operating room staff complained of nausea due to an "unknown odour".

The cause of the staff members' sickness at the New Hampshire hospital remained a mystery Friday afternoon, officials said.

The Exeter firefighters union tweeted crews were called to the scene for an "unknown odor" in the emergency room.

Aerial footage captured this morning shows a row of gurneys outside the hospital's emergency room, where patients were being traiged.

Between 8:30 a.m. and noon, 19 staff members from the operating room complained of dizziness and nausea, Vasapolli said. The Epping Fire Department was sent to check out the area for carbon monoxide, but the exact cause was not confirmed Friday afternoon.

Residents and local fire departments were asked not to bring new patients to Exeter Hospital because of the evacuation.

No patients experienced any symptoms but six were transported from the emergency room, she added. "We're looking at cleaning fluids that could have been used in the hospital", he told the newspaper. Some of the patients were transferred to other hospitals in the area.

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