4 overcome at Memphis VA hospital, cause investigated

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A Memphis Fire Department spokesman says a man was sickened by a product, which then caused four hospital workers to be overcome.

Spokesman Wayne Cooke says a 62-year-old man came to the Veterans Administration Medical Center about 7:30 a.m. Friday. He was vomiting and complained of nausea and difficulty breathing.

VA spokeswoman Willie Logan said the four employees immediately began feeling nauseous from an odor coming from the patient.

Logan said the patient has been cleaned and put in the intensive care unit. She said two workers were sent home and two others were allowed to allowed to continue working.

A hazardous materials team was sent to the man's home to find what sickened him.

Cooke said no other patients at the hospital were affected.


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