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Update: London, KY hospital open after patients show up with rash

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Officials in Laurel County, Kentucky say a london hospital was on lockdown for a time Sunday night after two patients came to the emergency room saying they had a rash from petting a dog.

WLEX in Lexington reports a family of five drove themselves to St. Joseph's Hospital around 7 p.m. Sunday night after seeing symptoms including burning skin, headache and shortness of breath.

Officials say while they were being treated 4 emergency room staffers, including a doctor started feeling similar symptoms.

All were decontaminated and are now feeling better, and the hospital's lockdown was lifted.

Officials, including Kentucky Emergency Management and HAZMAT teams, are working to figure out what happened.

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St Joseph's-London hospital in Lauren Co., Kentucky is currently on lockdown due to several hospital staff members being exposed to a rash that hospital officials believe to be chemical-related.

According to the hospital -- two patients arrived at the ER complaining they received a bad rash after petting a dog.

Hospital staff believes they were exposed to some sort of chemical that had been on the dog -- which they say some of their staff members also picked up.

Hazmat teams were called in around 9:45 p.m. Sunday evening.

Patients who are suffering from this rash are being isolated.

They are still not clear on the type of chemical it is.

They say that everyone who came into contact with it is OK






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