PHOENIX — The Phoenix VA Health Care System said Friday that rodent activity at its medical center appeared to have slowed in the past eight days, more than two weeks after the rats were discovered.
A damaged ceiling tile on the first floor of the Seventh Street and Indian School Road Community Life Center on July 22 led to the discovery of rodent activity in other areas of the medical center, officials said. said.
All 25 CLC residents were relocated and elective surgeries were canceled due to the pests.
“As is common in this part of Arizona, we believe the rodents likely entered the building to escape recent monsoon season flooding,” Phoenix VA said in a statement.
While the inspection team initially focused on the first and second floors, they expanded their scope to search the 730,000 square foot facility.
The team found more rodent activity in an office, a storage room near an operating room and in an unused part of the second floor of the main building.
Since being notified, the facility has worked to exterminate pests, clean and sanitize areas where activity is confirmed, and educate staff on what to look for and how report the signs.
Pest control experts continue to perform daily checks throughout the medical facility, while a team of engineers work internally and externally to fill any gaps or openings.