Las Vegas Hospital Ant Attack
According to a recent Clark County court report, a patient at a Las Vegas hospital was reportedly attacked by hoards of biting ants as she lay in her hospital bed; despite the fact she had complained about the ants previously. The woman is now seeking damages.
Here’s how it all went down (allegedly):
Imagine laying in your hospital bed, and suddenly being woken up by a swarm of ants, biting your face, lips, ears, neck, and the rest of your body. According to Mar’Jean Egenlon, that’s exactly what happened to her at the Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Las Vegas. Now she’s suing!
According to Clark County court reports, Egenlon first began seeing ants in her hospital bathroom, a couple days before the ant attack. She promptly brought it to the attention of the hospital staff, but nothing was done about the ants. Two days later is when the attack occurred.
Egenlon woke up the morning of July 6, 2013 at approximately 5:00 AM because of a vicious headache. As she reached up to massage her head she was shocked to feel dozens of ants crawling all over her scalp, head, face, lips, mouth, and ears. It wasn’t enough that the malicious ants were crawling all over her; they were allegedly biting her repeatedly as well.
Egenlon began screaming as loud as she could, with no urgent response from nurses. By the time the hospital staff discovered the ants, the woman was covered with boils, welts and infections on her scalp, face and body.
The victim is now seeking damages because of the incident for negligence, emotional distress and vicarious liability. She claims to need ointments and creams the rest of her life because of the attack.
No word yet on the result of the lawsuit.
There is no word as to the species of ant involved in the attack at the Las Vegas hospital, but the Pharaoh ant is the likely culprit. These ants are the most commonly occurring indoor ant in Las Vegas; especially in hospitals. In hospitals, Pharaoh ants cause significant damage, and are most problematic. This ant pest is drawn to the warmth of the intensive care units and operating rooms. They cause even more concern for hospitals when they access the sterile environment and promote the spread of infection; or create electrical interference. Pharaoh ants can carry pathogens like streptococcus, staphylococcus, and salmonella.
I did find one thing interesting about the contradictory to the woman’s story who was involved in the ant attack… Pharaoh ants do not sting or and usually do not bite. Just throwing it out there…
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December 16, 2013 at 5:09 pm