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Post Office, Courthouse Workers Treated After Mysterious Itching And Rash Breaks Out
The incident occurred at around 10:30 a.m. Several employees who work in the Pike County post office started complaining of intense itching. They work in the same building as the courthouse and employees there felt the same symptoms.
The entire building was evacuated, and 18 people were treated at an area hospital. The Williamson Regional Hospital emergency room was evacuated and decontaminated later in the day after one of the people who work in the courthouse went to the hospital on his own. Soon after, hospital employees complained of similar symptoms. Patients had to be taken to another hospital while crews de-contaminated the ER.
Post Office Has Re-opened
The Belfry Post Office and courthouse opened back up Wednesday. Pike County Emergency Management officials say they couldn't find any health threats inside the building. All radiation, biological, and chemical tests inside the building were negative. Lab tests on items from inside the building were also negative for hazardous materials.