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Mice chew on residents

Published on May 13th, 2009

The Telegraph had a bizarre story about a nursing home allowing mice to eat residents at an Austrlian facility.  Two elderly residents of a nursing home in the Australian state of Queensland have been "severely chewed" by mice after the facility became infested with the rodents.

The first victim was an 89-year-old bedridden war veteran who was found with blood on his ears, face and neck after being gnawed on by mice at the state-run Dalby Hospital.  The man’s daughter discovered him bleeding from the bites last week.  Ray Hopper, an opposition MP, told the Brisbane Times: "The top of his ears were severely chewed and he had bites to his head and neck.  "His hands were covered in blood because he was trying to get the mice off him. "We are talking about a health facility overrun by vermin. It’s atrocious."   Mr Hopper said the man was so distressed that doctors had put him on morphine to calm him down.

Queensland Health, which runs the home, has since been accused of being slow to respond to a mouse plague at the facility.    Following the attacks, Queensland Health has rostered on extra staff and pest control agents to kill mice. Residents have since been given the option of moving out and a "major" investigation into the incidents has been opened.

 

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