Workers fall ill at HP headquarters

July 15, 2011 12:13:53 PM PDT
Health officials are investigating a mysterious illness among some people at Hewlett-Packard's headquarters in northwest Harris County. Rita Obey with the Harris County Health Department told Eyewitness News seven people were taken to hospitals complaining of symptoms similar to those of food poisoning. None appear to be seriously ill, and three have already been discharged.

Around 7:30am Friday, people on gurneys being loaded into ambulances could be seen outside the HP building. The call came in to Cy Creek EMS as a food poisoning call. An HP worker told Eyewitness News people became sick on the third shift, in the building where the campus cafeteria is housed.

The employees began to feel ill around 4am. Obey says the food in question was apparently brought from someone's home, but the circumstances are still under investigation.

The Harris County Health Department began investigating after one of the hospitals called them to report the possible food-poisoning case, as required by state law.

HP has not returned any of our calls or emails for comment.

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