Two teens hospitalized after stink near Riga Port

Two adolescents were hospitalized on September 20 after complaining of illness, perhaps tied to stink in the Vecmīlgrāvis neighborhood near Riga Free Port.

State Emergency Medical Service representative Inga Vītola told LSM that the 31st Secondary School in Vecmīlgrāvis called emergency services after two students had fallen ill. They were taken to the hospital. Vītola said that a stink in the air at the Vecmīlgrāvis neighborhood may be at fault.

Hospital representative Vita Šteina told Latvian Radio that two adolescents, aged 12 and 13, were admitted to the hospital but are now better. "Their health is fine and their well-being has not been impaired significantly. They'll be able to go home today," she said.

State Environment Service Maruta Bukleviča said that the service had received complaints over the smell in Vecmīlgrāvis and carried out inspections in Vecmīlgrāvis, Bolderāja and Kundziņsala. The cause has not been ascertained but the BLB Baltijas Terminālis company has been asked to slow down ship loading works. Inspectors are still monitoring the Riga Free Port.

As reported by LSM, on September 12 two people were sent to the hospital with breathing problems after a huge stink broke out in the Vecmīlgrāvis neighborhood near the port. 

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