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Source of discarded medical waste in FL still unknown

11th January 2016

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. —

Investigators in Seminole County are working to identify the source of discarded medical waste found in a wooded area in Longwood.

Similar waste was found behind a dumpster at a nearby business, but Longwood police would not confirm if that was the source.

The business, Florida Hospital Home Infusion, provides services including pain management and chemotherapy, the company’s website said.

The Home Infusion dumpster has been broken into repeatedly, even when padlocked, a man who worked at the complex told Channel 9.

No one from Home Infusion was available for comment Thursday.

Florida Hospital said it follows rigorous standards for medical waste and any potentially hazardous items are taken to specialized facilities that are not accessible to the public.

The waste found in the woods in Seminole County included dozens of glass vials and IV bags still containing liquid.

Investigators said it could be months before the liquid in the bags and vials can be tested.

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