INDIANAPOLIS – An unknown substance sickened seven people and temporarily closed the emergency room at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis on Thursday, authorities said.
The nature of the substance and its source werent identified Thursday. An Indianapolis Fire Department hazardous material crew collected the clothing of the affected people for testing, Lt. Derrick Sayles said.
All seven people sickened were released after treatment or transferred to other hospitals, Riley said. They were not identified, and the conditions of those still hospitalized were not released.
Sayles said those who became sick had smelled something and felt uneasy, although he couldnt identify specific symptoms. He said the head nurse decided to close the emergency room and divert patients.
The hospital conducted precautionary decontamination procedures, he said.
They just knew things werent right. They wanted to be on the safe side. Sayles said.
Dr. Jeff Sperring, Rileys president and CEO, said the hospital planned to reopen the emergency room later Thursday after being cleared to do so by external authorities.