BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Bloody gauze, needle tips and used finger sticks called lancets were among the hazardous medical waste materials found Thursday morning on properties along U.S. 522, the main road through town.
Lee Fowler, Morgan County Health Department administrator, said the incident is under investigation and might be an act of vandalism.
Fowler said a town resident came to the health department Thursday morning to report medical waste material was found in her yard, a neighbor's yard and another yard. The resident said she had noticed the debris on Wednesday, Fowler said.
Fowler, county nurse Angel Bloom and Bruce Ullom of the sanitation department investigated the area and found medical waste strewn in five yards on the west side of U.S. 522 between Union and Williams streets.
No empty trash bags were found, Fowler said.
Fowler said he called the Town of Bath Police Department and 911. Bath Police Officer Richard Haynes secured the area, and the Berkeley Springs Fire Department responded along with the Washington County Hazmat team.