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San Jose, CA, hospital scare linked to sewer gas

San Francisco Chronicle, February 13, 2009

The emergency room of Santa Clara County, CA's busiest hospital was closed for more than four hours Feb. 12 because of a scare involving a man who had been overcome by a byproduct of sewer gas at his home. The 18-year-old man was brought to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose after being found unconscious in his home. He was not decontaminated before being admitted, and at first authorities had no idea what had felled him. As a precaution, the emergency department was quarantined, and dozens of people were decontaminated.