2 ERs placed on lockdown after chemical scare

From CNN.com

The emergency rooms at two hospitals in Missouri were placed on lockdown Saturday after patients arrived complaining they had been exposed to a chemical.

SSM DePaul Health Center in Bridgeton, Missouri, and St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri, admitted the patients and restricted access to their emergency rooms.

The patients were believed to have come to the hospitals after being exposed to the chemical at an industrial site in East St. Louis, Illinois, said Chief Jim Silvernail of the Mehlville Fire District. He described the chemical as a “power situation” that required contact to make the people sick.

SSM DePaul said its hospital went on lockdown around 3:30 p.m. CT.

Hospital officials said three patients were admitted after coming in contact with a chemical that made them sick with respiratory problems. All three were listed in fair condition and showed signs of improvement.

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