Ja­pan probes dozens of deaths at hos­pi­tal

The Myanmar Times - - World -

JA­PANESE po­lice are prob­ing the deaths of 46 pa­tients on the same floor of a hos­pi­tal where a pair of el­derly men were fa­tally poi­soned, re­ports said.

An au­topsy on the two men who died at the hos­pi­tal in Yoko­hama de­ter­mined they were caused by a chem­i­cal found in dis­in­fec­tant, pub­lic broad­caster NHK and other me­dia re­ported ear­lier.

Po­lice re­port­edly sus­pect the chem­i­cal was in­jected into in­tra­venous drips that were ad­min­is­tered to the two 88-year-old vic­tims, Sozo Nishikawa and Nobuo Ya­maki. The men both died last month.

But the probe has grown, with au­thor­i­ties look­ing at how al­most four dozen oth­ers died at the hos­pi­tal since early July, al­though some were al­ready se­ri­ously ill.

Hos­pi­tal staff re­port­edly found punc­ture marks in 10 in­tra­venous bags stored near the nurs­ing sta­tion on the same floor. –

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