A resident of an Illinois nursing-care facility died one day after she and five other residents fell ill. The Medicare fraud investigators, the Department of Health in Illinois, as well as police from South Holland and a criminal unit, are investigating the occurrence. As of the time of report, criminal charges have not been made, and toxicology tests were pending.
The nursing home accident occurred on Feb. 3 when six residents of the Holland House nursing facility became ill. The residents experienced cardiovascular and respiratory symptoms. They all lived in the same unit, and authorities initially checked for a gas leak or carbon monoxide. This was ruled out quickly, and the medical examiner could provide no plausible reason for the woman's death. In order to determine the cause, toxicology tests were drawn on the residents who became ill.