NJ Courthouse Where Workers Became Ill Staying Closed

County officials say the building in Freehold will be shuttered again Wednesday, though they hope to reopen Thursday

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    The Monmouth County courthouse will remain closed Wednesday as officials continue to try to figure out what made dozens of people sick on two separate days. Brian Thompson reports. (Published Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012)

    The Monmouth County Courthouse will remain closed for at least one more day while testing is done to determine why dozens of staffers have become ill there in recent days.

    County officials say the building in Freehold will be shuttered again Wednesday, though they hope to reopen Thursday. Bare-bones court operations are continuing at other sites in the county.

    The courthouse has been closed since Monday afternoon, when 25 people were hospitalized and roughly 40 more were treated for symptoms that included nausea, skin rashes, breathing difficulties and chest pains.

    That outbreak came after 17 staffers had experienced similar symptoms on Friday. Authorities initially thought those workers had reactions to a freshly cut flower that a colleague had brought into the building, but that theory has now been ruled out.

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