- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

KILGORE, Texas (AP) - An East Texas emergency room has been closed after small bats began to spread through the building.

In a statement posted Tuesday night on the Kilgore Police Department social media pages, Good Shepherd Medical Center said “a number of small bats” had moved into the Longview, Texas-based hospital’s free-standing emergency room in nearby Kilgore. The bats had moved into the building’s walls and ceilings, with some migrating into the area that receives ambulances.

Good Shepherd says it’s working with the City of Kilgore, which owns the building, and Allegiance Specialty Hospital, with manages it, to get the bats removed. In the meantime, Good Shepherd had decided it’s in the best interests of its patients and staff to suspend emergency medical services in the building until the bats can be removed.

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