Exeter Hospital Partially Evacuated After Staff Members Became Ill

At Least 20 People Injured in'Chemical Release at Exeter Hospital in NH

A spokeswoman for Exeter Hospital told the Union Leader the rest of the hospital remains open and the hospital is coordinating with local emergency personnel to transfer patients.

Tweets from Exeter Professional Firefighters say crews were dispatched to Exeter Hospital for an odor investigation in the emergency room.

Aerial footage from the scene shows more than a dozen people in beds set up in a cordoned-off area of the lawn across the parking lot from the hospital.

The turmoil started shortly before 9am, with five staff members in Exeter Hospital's operating room complaining of nausea.

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"At this time we still have not been able to identify the cause, but obviously we're working diligently to do that", Vasapolli said.

The Epping Fire Department investigated the possibility of a carbon monoxide problem, according to CBS.

Patients and other staff members in the hospital's operating room later became ill, she said. No patients at the hospital had any similar symptoms, she said. Twelve of those who felt ill were sent to other facilities and seven were released, Vasapolli said.

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