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Police: patient with powdery substance, nurses become ill

Posted: 9:32 PM, Apr 20, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-20 22:32:09-04

MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) – Police say several nurses became ill after they treated a man with a white powdery substance on him at a Connecticut medical center, forcing it to go on lockdown.
    
Meriden Police Sgt. John Mennone tells the Record Journal a man came to the emergency room of MidState Medical Center shortly before 5:30 p.m. Friday with the substance on him and several packages of it in his pockets.
    
Mennone says three nurses who were caring for the man became ill from the substance, which authorities haven’t identified. The nurses and patient were quarantined and treated for minor injuries. Mennone says no patients were affected.
    
Emergency room patients were moved to other parts of the hospital. The hospital re-opened around 9 p.m. It wasn’t immediately known when the emergency room will reopen.

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