Officials investigating after several fall ill at Yale School of Medicine

WTNH/Kevin Frederick


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Officials are investigating after four people felt faint inside a building on Cedar Street in New Haven.

Officials with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) tell News 8 they responded to 333 Cedar Street in New Haven Tuesday afternoon for a report of two unconscious females. The building is a part of the Yale School of Medicine.

DEEP officials took air samples and hazmat crews were been called to the scene after at least three people fell ill. New Haven Fire Chief John Alston says just before 2:40 p.m., the call came in for three people feeling sick. Responders found two people in a lab and one in a clerical office. One person fainted and one person felt faint and weak. Chief Alston says another person had already left sick and went home. They were brought back to be examined.

“Anytime you have more than two to three people experiencing the same symptoms in the workplace, it’s a little bit suspicious for us,” said Alston.

Assistant Fire Chief Orlando Marcano tells News 8 all of the victims drank from the same coffee maker. Water testing is being done.

The Board of Health, New Haven Fire, Yale Police and New Haven Police are all investigating.

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