Food poisoning suspected at kidsí summer program

Food poisoning suspected at kidsí summer program

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By MIKE LYNCH, Enterprise Staff Writer

POSTED: July 10, 2009

Nine children attending Camp Holy Child School in Lake Placid were taken to the hospital Thursday evening after coming down with what is to believed to be food poisoning.

Paul Reiss, director of the nonprofit Julian Reiss Foundation which sponsors the program, said food was the likely the cause for the children becoming ill.

"We assume it was some food must have done it, but we haven't been able to pinpoint it," Reiss said.

At about noon Thursday, the children had a lunch consisting of salad and chicken. About four hours later, children started complaining of nausea, headaches and tiredness. Reiss said all the children were doing well and were back from the hospital by 10 p.m.

The Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance squad reported evaluating a total of 12 children over the course of the afternoon. They reported transporting nine children to the Adirondack Medical Center in Lake Placid. The state Department of Health, which is investigating the incident, reported 16 children overall became sick.

Two ambulances from the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department and one from the Keene Volunteer Fire Department assisted the Lake Placid squad in responding to the calls.

Fifty-seven children attend the summer school, and all ate the same meal, Reiss said.




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