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Breaking News: 6 People Being Treated at Children's Hospital After Exposure to Unkown Substance
WTMJ AM 620 Radio/WTMJ 4 TV ^ | Friday June 8, 2007

Posted on 06/08/2007 12:21:21 PM PDT by Milwaukee_Guy

Edited on 06/08/2007 1:28:46 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

6 People Being Treated After Exposure to Substance

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Children's Hospital says its emergency room is back open.  Haz mat crews are at the hospital.  A spokeswoman, Jackie Gauger, says a patient came to the hospital today after coming in contact with an unknown substance.

That patient and their mother were both sick.  Four other people at the hospital are now also being treated.

Gauger wasn't sure exactly why Haz Mat teams responded to the hospital.  There were reports that a substance in a backpack is making people sick.

It appears this case is somehow related to Meonomonee Falls High School, but it's not clear yet how.  Calls to the high school were not immedeately returned.

Stay with Newsradio 620 WTMJ for more as we get it.


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KEYWORDS: backpack; hospital; wauwatosa; wisconsin
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To: RushCrush
"There's only one bag that's ever made me sick..."

Well, try NOT picturing her naked...

Whoops!

(sorry)

51 posted on 06/08/2007 1:34:40 PM PDT by dogbrain (memo to self: Don't drink from toilet; it's where liberals wash their hands....)
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To: glock rocks
“Do you have year round schools there?”

OMG

No way, not with the Teacher Union rabble here.

52 posted on 06/08/2007 1:35:38 PM PDT by Milwaukee_Guy (Don't hit them between the eyes. Hit them right -in- the eyes!)
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To: glock rocks

There are plenty of schools that stay in session well into June before summer break.


53 posted on 06/08/2007 1:35:43 PM PDT by Eepsy (The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.)
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marking place.


54 posted on 06/08/2007 1:36:43 PM PDT by TornadoAlley3 (The American Indians found out what happens when you don't control immigration.)
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To: Eepsy

Northern Wisconsin schools -cancelled- classes yesterday due to the “High Risk” issued ny the NWS Storm Prediction Center.

I have never heard of that before!


55 posted on 06/08/2007 1:37:45 PM PDT by Milwaukee_Guy (Don't hit them between the eyes. Hit them right -in- the eyes!)
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To: Milwaukee_Guy

What are the odds that mama got sick stressing over her child, and the others got sick because they saw two people get sick at the same time?

(Saw it on “House”)


56 posted on 06/08/2007 1:38:02 PM PDT by SlowBoat407 (It's never a good time to get sucked into an evil vortex.)
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To: Milwaukee_Guy

Oh no!


57 posted on 06/08/2007 1:38:21 PM PDT by saveliberty (Prayer blizzard for Tony and Jill Snow and their family.)
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To: SlowBoat407

Wouldn’t rule it out.

“House” is a great show.


58 posted on 06/08/2007 1:39:32 PM PDT by Milwaukee_Guy (Don't hit them between the eyes. Hit them right -in- the eyes!)
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To: Milwaukee_Guy

Prolly Chi’nezz Fud !!...:0/


59 posted on 06/08/2007 1:40:27 PM PDT by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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To: 1COUNTER-MORTER-68

Nice to see you here!

Chinese toothpaste laced with radiator fluid?


60 posted on 06/08/2007 1:42:05 PM PDT by Milwaukee_Guy (Don't hit them between the eyes. Hit them right -in- the eyes!)
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To: Milwaukee_Guy

I guess we know it’s not Lupus.


61 posted on 06/08/2007 1:43:34 PM PDT by SlowBoat407 (It's never a good time to get sucked into an evil vortex.)
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To: Milwaukee_Guy

Another presser.....


62 posted on 06/08/2007 1:44:00 PM PDT by Milwaukee_Guy (Don't hit them between the eyes. Hit them right -in- the eyes!)
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To: SlowBoat407
What are the odds that mama got sick stressing over her child, and the others got sick because they saw two people get sick at the same time?

Kind of like when a bus gets into an accident we have hundreds of people filing claims (even if the bus was empty at the time).

63 posted on 06/08/2007 1:44:43 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Brad Cloven

Made by reeeal Mexicans,,,Mad over the “Bill Killin’”...;0)


64 posted on 06/08/2007 1:47:29 PM PDT by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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To: Milwaukee_Guy

Friday is “Chi’nezz Fud Day”,,,the FDA said...;0)


65 posted on 06/08/2007 1:52:20 PM PDT by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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To: All
Presser,

Initial spokesbabe sent packing. Senior female and male now answering questions.

Very very guarded language by

Wauwatosa decontaminating people in the ER.

All efforts being made to decontaminate the ER and -other- areas of the hospital.

“Substance” trying to be indentified by Milwaukee Hazmat.

“Potential” for a contaminant.

High School - don’t know what’s going on.

TV has hazmat moving in wearing full moonsuits.

The initial male child patient is from Menomonee Falls.

“If” a contaminant exists all efforts are being made to contain it.

“Staffers” are being quarantined.

“This is an isolated incident. We don’t know what it is. There is no risk to the public.”

66 posted on 06/08/2007 1:53:59 PM PDT by Milwaukee_Guy (Don't hit them between the eyes. Hit them right -in- the eyes!)
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To: Eepsy; Milwaukee_Guy

Aha. Thanks


67 posted on 06/08/2007 1:54:07 PM PDT by glock rocks (Please pray every day for our Patriot Armed Forces fighting to protect our way of life.)
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To: RushCrush

If y’all don’t quit posting that pic I’m gonna punch the abuse button!


68 posted on 06/08/2007 1:55:25 PM PDT by 6ppc (Call Photo Reuters, that's the name, and away goes truth right down the drain. Photo Reuters!)
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To: All

At best, does anyone see a complete failure by the hospital and authorities to effectively communicate what the @#@$@%^ is going on?


69 posted on 06/08/2007 1:57:46 PM PDT by Milwaukee_Guy (Don't hit them between the eyes. Hit them right -in- the eyes!)
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To: All
WTMJ radio reporting the child had symptoms of naseu and shortness of breath while at school. Mom picked up child and she experienced the same symptoms while driving the child to Children’s Hospital in Wauwatosa.

Menomonee Falls is -nowwhere- near Children’s Hospital. Community Memorial in the Falls and would have been the most logical and closest choice.

We’re talking the difference between 5 and 20 minutes to get the child to a hospital.

70 posted on 06/08/2007 2:03:07 PM PDT by Milwaukee_Guy (Don't hit them between the eyes. Hit them right -in- the eyes!)
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To: Milwaukee_Guy

You are probably talking the difference between an HMO (no out of network) or PPO insurance plan.


71 posted on 06/08/2007 2:13:10 PM PDT by ravingnutter
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To: All
UPDATE!

WTMJ 4 TV reporting new developments,

At 2:45 PM CDT a friend of the initial patient went to the Menomonee Falls High School office reporting a severe illness.

Menomonee Falls High School was evacuated of all remaining personnel.

Hazmat response by Menomonee Falls FD.

All HVAC systems shut down at the school.

Attention being focused on the High School locker room.

Many parents now indignant over the lack of information.

No idea yet what “substance” is involved.

72 posted on 06/08/2007 2:41:36 PM PDT by Milwaukee_Guy (Don't hit them between the eyes. Hit them right -in- the eyes!)
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To: Lurking in Kansas

“A bag of dirty diapers??”

That stinks. (Especially in Houston, on a June afternoon.)


74 posted on 06/08/2007 2:51:36 PM PDT by No Truce With Kings (The opinions expressed are mine! Mine! MINE! All Mine!)
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To: Lizarde

You are very welcome!


75 posted on 06/08/2007 2:59:27 PM PDT by Milwaukee_Guy (Don't hit them between the eyes. Hit them right -in- the eyes!)
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To: Milwaukee_Guy
...the child had symptoms of naseu and shortness of breath while at school...

I've seen that happen before. The cause turned out to be final exams.

76 posted on 06/08/2007 2:59:57 PM PDT by HKMk23 (Nine out of ten orcs attacking Rohan were Saruman's Uruk-hai, not Sauron's! So, why invade Mordor?)
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To: Shelayne

Placemark


77 posted on 06/08/2007 3:15:38 PM PDT by Shelayne
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To: Milwaukee_Guy

Thank you for your updates in regards to this matter.


78 posted on 06/08/2007 3:20:10 PM PDT by KylaStarr
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To: KylaStarr

http://www.620wtmj.com/_content/news/story_7862.asp

pesticide residue


79 posted on 06/08/2007 3:28:50 PM PDT by TornadoAlley3 (The American Indians found out what happens when you don't control immigration.)
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To: Milwaukee_Guy

They are trained and work very hard to obfuscate the situation, lots of weasel words, and go to great lengths not to say anything though using lots of words.


80 posted on 06/08/2007 3:33:50 PM PDT by Freedom4US
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To: TornadoAlley3

Thank you!

From your link:

>>Police say a student may have come into contact with pesticide residue at home. It appears the student may have carried some of the residue to the school. He reported feeling sick Friday morning. He went to the nurse, who called the boy’s mother.

On the way to the hospital, the boy’s mother also reported feeling ill. When they got to Children’s Hospital, four members of the staff who may have also been exposed to the substance were also treated as a precaution. At the time, the hospital called in the hazardous materials team.

Later in the day, a second student at Menomonee Falls High School reported feeling ill. That student is now also being treated at Children’s Hospital.

Authorities in Menomonee Falls are notifying parents of other students who may have come into contact with the students who got sick. <<


81 posted on 06/08/2007 3:36:38 PM PDT by KylaStarr
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To: Milwaukee_Guy
Childrens Hospital?

What kind of koranimals attack children???

I'll take 'BESLAN' for a thousand, Alex...

82 posted on 06/08/2007 3:39:35 PM PDT by null and void ("Wherever liberty has sprouted around the world, we find American blood at its roots.")
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To: Milwaukee_Guy
Very wide disparity between what the hospital just said and what law enforcement and the media initially reported.

Nothing to see here, move along...™

83 posted on 06/08/2007 3:41:13 PM PDT by null and void ("Wherever liberty has sprouted around the world, we find American blood at its roots.")
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To: steveo; Milwaukee_Guy
That patient and their mother were both side. ~ Milwaukee_Guy

Right or left? ~ steveo

They're all right now...

84 posted on 06/08/2007 3:43:09 PM PDT by null and void ("Wherever liberty has sprouted around the world, we find American blood at its roots.")
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To: Lurking in Kansas
A bag of dirty diapers??

More like dirty diaper heads.

85 posted on 06/08/2007 3:44:32 PM PDT by null and void ("Wherever liberty has sprouted around the world, we find American blood at its roots.")
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To: Milwaukee_Guy
At best, does anyone see a complete failure by the hospital and authorities to effectively communicate what the @#@$@%^ is going on?

Waddya mean???

"We don’t know what it is. There is no risk to the public."

How could it possibly be clearer than that??????

86 posted on 06/08/2007 3:49:30 PM PDT by null and void ("Wherever liberty has sprouted around the world, we find American blood at its roots.")
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To: null and void

Good to know the story was spun correctly.


87 posted on 06/08/2007 3:52:03 PM PDT by steveo (Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.)
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To: null and void
"We don’t know what it is. There is no risk to the public." How could it possibly be clearer than that??????

They could have assured us that it is not a terrorist attack.

-PJ

88 posted on 06/08/2007 3:52:06 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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To: Political Junkie Too

Good point. Clearly these are country rube bumpkins in flyover country.

(Do I really need a < /sarcasm> tag here?)


89 posted on 06/08/2007 3:54:16 PM PDT by null and void ("Wherever liberty has sprouted around the world, we find American blood at its roots.")
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To: KylaStarr
See also, from www.themilwaukeechannel.com:
Hazmat Crews Investigate Son's, Mother's Mysterious Symptoms

7 People Quarantined

UPDATED: 5:08 pm CDT June 8, 2007

Six people are being treated at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin for potential exposure to a harmful substance.

Milwaukee County Sheriff's spokeswoman Kim Brooks said that two teenage boys reported feeling sick at Menomonee Falls High School early Friday afternoon.

The first boy went to the nurse's office and the nurse called his mother, who picked him up to take him to the hospital.

On the way to the hospital, the boy's mother became ill, Brooks said.

They both complained of a headache and shortness of breath.

A couple of hours later, a second teenager, a friend of the first, was taken to Children's Hospital with similar symptoms.

Brooks said there is no reason to believe the symptoms are contagious and that there is any danger to the public.

The other people being treated are four hospital staff members.

Authorities said they are not certain any harmful substance actually exists, and they are looking for any potential hazardous material.

Brooks said the quarantine of the seven people is precautionary.

The emergency room is open and under normal operations.

The Menomonee Falls Police Department told 12 News they found nothing at Menomonee Falls High School and have cleared the scene.

Police said they they believe it might be a mold problem at the first teenager's house that may be causing the illness.


90 posted on 06/08/2007 3:59:26 PM PDT by RonDog
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To: RonDog

Well! I feel better!


91 posted on 06/08/2007 4:00:24 PM PDT by null and void ("Wherever liberty has sprouted around the world, we find American blood at its roots.")
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To: RonDog
And, from www.todaystmj4.com:
6 Treated in Children's Hospital Hazmat Incident

Jenn Rourke
WAUWATOSA - Pesticides sprayed at a teen's home may be to blame for the hazmat situation at Children's Hospital Friday afternoon. The child may have inadvertently sickened others.

Children's Hospital received a patient that was potentially exposed to a harmful substance. Both the mother and her son were potentially exposed and came to the hospital around 12:30 p.m.

The substance has been contained, said a Children's Hospital spokeswoman.

The emergency room was briefly closed but was quickly reopened. Hazmat crews remained on the scene Friday afternoon to investigate.

The patient and his mother may have brought the substance in when they arrived for treatment. They complained of symptoms of headaches and shortness of breath. The teen reportedly called home from school complaining of those symptoms, and when his mother picked him up, she also noticed she had those symptoms.

The teenager, with a backpack possibly containing the hazardous material, goes to Menomonee Falls High School. It was unknown what the product could be inside the backpack.

The mother reported that they may have been exposed to some type of substance. No one is saying what that substance might be. In fact, they’re not sure if there is a substance.

Four staff members were also being quarantined as a precaution after concern that they may have come in contact with the material when the mother and child came in.

Authorities say there is no further threat to the public. However, Journal Sentinel is reporting that a second teen, a friend of the sick teen, went to the office at Menomonee Falls High School at 2:45 complaining of extreme illness as well.

Officials planned to call twenty other high school students to warn them that they may also be at risk for the illness.

Watch the Friday press conference detailing the information authorities have

 
 
 
Find this article at:
http://www.todaystmj4.com/news/local/7906972.html


92 posted on 06/08/2007 4:05:47 PM PDT by RonDog
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To: Milwaukee_Guy

Maybe it was a bag of those Compact Florescent Light Bulbs.


93 posted on 06/08/2007 4:12:05 PM PDT by gitmo (From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.)
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To: RonDog
I have a feeling that this is another one of those stories that will be buried by the national media.

It will be like it never happened for people who aren’t paying attention and even for us — we may never get the answer of just what exactly happened.

94 posted on 06/08/2007 5:46:19 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: Calpernia

Thanks for the ping..........


95 posted on 06/09/2007 4:52:23 AM PDT by nw_arizona_granny (With God for a pilot, anything is possible.......!!!)
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To: AD from SpringBay
At a children’s hospital - if this is a deliberate attack, who would target children?

Doubt it's terrorism. Two people get sick in a hospital?? But in answer to your question, the answer is: Muslims.

96 posted on 06/09/2007 8:06:04 AM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: All

...and another update:

http://www.todaystmj4.com/news/local/7920597.html

“Family Linked To Hazmat Scare Exposed To Banned Pesticide”
Tom Murray

MENOMONEE FALLS -

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “Assistant Chief Jeff Hevey told TODAY’S TMJ4 reporter Tom Murray that the family used a pesticide called Chlordane inside the home. The Environmental Protection Agency banned that termite killing chemical in 1988. The EPA says Chlordane can cause dizziness, headaches and convulsions. It can linger in a home for decades. Chlordane is a white powder that becomes a dark, thick liquid when mixed with water.

While the Wauwatosa Fire Deparment confirms Chlordane was used inside the home, the case is still open. Authorities believe the boy may have been exposed to some different, unrelated substance. The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department is now handling the investigation.

“There was some weird powder on his backpack,” said Matt Polleck, a friend of the boy who brought the substance to school. Authorities brought Polleck to Children’s Hospital because he had contact with the powder. Matt also told TODAY’S TMJ4 there’s been a pesticide problem at his friend’s place.

“His brother had been sick a couple weeks ago because the pesticide had got to him, too.”

A Children’s Hospital spokesperson said everyone who came in contact with the substance has been treated and released. She said there is no longer a threat to patients or the community.”


97 posted on 06/09/2007 10:44:05 PM PDT by Cindy
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