NJ Courthouse Closed Again After Toxic Odor

Last Friday, 17 people were sickened and on Monday, another 25 felt ill

A New Jersey courthouse has been evacuated for a second time after more people were overcome with nausea, dizziness and rashes days after other workers had similar symptoms, officials said.

About 25 people at the Monmouth County Courthouse were affected Monday, according to county spokesman Bill Heine.

On Friday, 17 people suffered similar symptoms at the courthouse.

The affected people on Monday were taken to a hospital in Freehold, N.J., where a spokesman said a decontamination tent had been set up outside. All the patients were expected to go through the decontamination process, he said.

The cause on Friday was believed to be cut flowers, but officials said Monday they no longer believe the flowers were the cause.

The county is investigating and the courthouse has been closed.

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