FORT MYERS, Fla. - A Fort Myers man is attacked by ants at a local hospital.
76 year-old Cornelius Lewis was bitten hundreds of times while in the intensive care unit at Gulf Coast Medical Center.
Lewis remains at Gulf Coast Medical Center. He's in serious condition, not from the ant bites, but from a different health ailment.
According to his son, Lewis has ant bites all over his lower body.
Lee Memorial Health System is taking major precautions to make sure this doesn't happen again.
A spokeswoman for the Health System confirms the incident and says they are taking every preventive steps at their hospitals keep this from happening again.
Right now, at Lee Memorial Hospital, Cape Coral Hospital, Health Park and Gulf Coast Medical Center extermination is underway. ICU has been vacated, sprayed and treated. Exterminators will check every three days for insects. It used to be on a monthly basis. Rooftops and exteriors are being sprayed weekly. This will continue until there is no ant sightings for 30 days.
A pest control expert WINK News talked to says pavement ants, which are the ones believed to have bitten Lewis, don't usually attack because they generally are outside ants. The expert says the ants were most likely in the hospital looking for food.
Lewis's family is shocked this happened and want to focus on getting him better.