Hospital's emergency department evacuated over unknown odor

Multiple People Injured in'Chemical Release at Hospital

Multiple People Injured in'Chemical Release at Hospital

Vasapoli told the Union Leader the hospital is working with the fire department and police departments to transfer patients.

Ambulances from multiple area communities responded to Exeter Hospital around 11 a.m. after a report of some sort of "chemical release" in the emergency room.

Multiple Staff Members Treated Following'Chemical Release
Multiple Staff Members Treated Following'Chemical Release

Debra Vasapolli, director of Community Relations, said staff in the inpatient OR started experiencing for symptoms of dizziness, nausea and vomiting around 8:30 a.m.

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The emergency department and inpatient operation rooms remained closed, but other areas of the hospital were re-opened, according to Ms Vasapolli.

She said approximately 19 staff members were affected.

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Patients and other staff members in the hospital's operating room later became ill, she said. About 40 patients and some staff experienced flu-like symptoms after the odor was reported, the source of which remains a mystery, according to the Boston Globe.

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