Odor sickens workers at Jefferson Regional Medical Center

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Nine employees sickened this morning by an odor in a building on the Jefferson Regional Medical Center campus have been discharged from the hospital.

The workers in the South Hills Medical Building on the campus in Jefferson Hills went to the nearby emergency department to be evaluated after they started feeling dizzy and nauseated around 11 a.m., hospital spokeswoman Candy Williams said.

About 3:30 p.m., the building reopened after between 50 and 75 employees had been evacuated, she said. Hospital patients in the adjacent medical facility were not affected, she said.

Allegheny County hazardous-materials crews tested in the building, but did not determine the cause of the odor, Ms. Williams said.

Hospital officials asked those with appointments today at the five-story annex, which houses doctor's offices and clinicians, to call and reschedule.

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Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1944. Twitter: @borntolede. Lexi Belculfine: lbelculfine@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc.


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