Union says its workers exposed to flu

A union that represents public hospital workers said Thursday that there are eight cases of swine flu, AH1N1, at Hospital San Juan de Dios in San Jose’s downtown and that other patients and staffers had been exposed to the disease for three days before precautions were taken.

The union, the Unión Nacional de Empleados de la Caja y la Seguridad Social, said that the flu sufferers were kept in the emergency area over the weekend until the nature of their ailment was disclosed by testing.

The statement said that medical workers were not informed or trained to handle the situation. It said that many persons had been exposed to the contagious disease by being in the emergency section of the hospital. It said that some workers became angry at a hospital official as a result of this lapse.

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