24 Children Sickened – 14 Hospitalized at San Diego Elementary School

Twenty-four children were sickened and fourteen were hospitalized at a Jamacha-Lomita neighborhood school in San Diego today.

KFMB Channel 8 reported
San Diego, California News Station – KFMB Channel 8 – cbs8.com

U-T San Diego reported:

Twenty-four children were sickened and at least 14 were taken to a hospital Thursday afternoon after becoming ill at a school in the Jamacha-Lomita neighborhood.

The children were at Audubon Elementary School about 12:30 p.m. when they began to feel ill, said San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokesman Maurice Luque.

At first, 19 younger students complained of upset stomachs and some were throwing up, Battalion Chief Robert Garcia said. Thirteen were taken to a hospital. Later, five older students began to exhibit the same symptoms, and two of them were hospitalized.

It is not known yet what made the children sick. It is suspected it was something they ate or drank, Luque said.

The director of the school district’s food services was at the school conducting an investigation, and the county’s health department was also helping out, said San Diego Unified spokesman Jack Brandais.

Campus food-service personnel and county health workers were looking over and testing the cafeteria food and drinks served to the children for lunch.

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