Chemical spill at dentist’s office

Sixteen people were in need of hospital treatment following a hazardous chemical spill in a dentist’s office in Georgetown, USA.

The incident happened when less than an ounce of formocresol, a chemical containing formaldehyde and used in root canals, spilled in the office.

A spokeswoman for Milford Memorial Hospital said seven of the 16 injured people were treated in the emergency room. The specific ailments the patients were experiencing have not been released.

State hazardous-materials workers later used fans to vent the office and carried out tests to make sure the air was safe, said Ellen Malenfant, spokeswoman for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

She added that at least one of the 16 people, an office attendant, had a drop of the chemical on her skin.

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