Saturday, January 1, 2011

SC hospital locked down after pesticide exposure

CAMDEN, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say several hunters were sickened and four dogs died after coming in contact with pesticide in woods in Lee County.

Kershaw Health Medical Center spokeswoman Judy Ferrell told reporters the Camden hospital was briefly put on lockdown after the four of the hunters came into the hospital Thursday afternoon, but there was no danger to anyone else in the building. Authorities say the hunters became concerned after four of their dogs died after rolling in and eating the substance.

Investigators say exposure to the pesticide known as Temik can cause weakness, blurred vision, headache, nausea, sweating, and tremors. The Department of Natural Resources has blocked off the area and is trying to figure out how the pesticide got there.

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