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Santa Ana Employees Hospitalized After Inhaling Unknown Substance at Work

By Renee Nordstrand on October 6, 2009

Seven people were taken to area hospitals this morning after complaining of respiratory problems at a Federal Building in Santa Ana, the Orange County Register reports.  All of those hospitalized had inhaled an undisclosed substance on an elevator in the Federal Building.

Building employees were evacuated as investigators attempt to determine what the substance is and why it caused respiratory problems.  In addition, the ventilation system in the building has been shut down.

As the substance in the elevator has yet to be disclosed while the investigation is ongoing, many questions remain unanswered. How did the substance get into the elevator? Is this a toxic substance with the potential for long term illness? In the midst of many lingering questions, we wish a safe and full recovery to all of those who experienced respiratory problems or other illnesses today.

The inhalation of toxic substances can cause serious health problems, such as asthma, respiratory disorders, neurological problems, brain damage, cancer, and, in some cases, death.  If you or someone you know has suffered a serious illness due to toxic substance inhalation, experienced personal injury attorneys can help.