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Patients taken to Chambersburg and Waynesboro Hospitals for chemical exposure

01/21/2014

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Pa. – Both Chambersburg Hospital  and Waynesboro Hospital received two patients each from the scene of a chemical exposure incident at Knouse Foods Orrtanna Plant, 1505 Orrtanna Road in Adams County.

The patients transported to the emergency department at Chambersburg Hospital were coming for evaluation. They had no significant symptoms and have been discharged.

Patients transported to the emergency department at Waynesboro Hospital were treated for inhalation. They have also been discharged.

The chemical agent involved in the incident is toluene, which targets the respiratory and central nervous systems.

Exposure through air or skin contact can result in symptoms such as fatigue, sleepiness, headaches, light-headedness, dizziness, memory loss, sore throat, coughing, wheezing, and nausea.

For poisoning emergencies, call the Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222, which is operated 24/7 by the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

To protect our patients’ privacy, their names, ages, and genders cannot be released.

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