Dozens of children and adults who were sickened at a Highlands County summer camp have been released from the hospital, a 4H representative said.
The Highlands County Fire Rescue responded to the Clover Leaf 4H Camp in Lake Placid Thursday after a child became sick and passed out.
Officials said 33 children and three adults at the camp were rushed to the hospital. Four other children were treated and released at the scene. 60 other kids at the camp did not get sick.
Most of the patients reported suffering from symptoms associated with nausea.
The cause of the illnesses has not been identified, but HCFR said none of the illnesses were serious.
The Highlands County Health Department is investigating the incident.
The camp released the following statement regarding the incident:
On Thursday, June 21, 33 campers at UF/IFAS Extension Florida 4-H Camp Cloverleaf in Lake Placid, Florida, were taken ill with nausea and vomiting. The camp’s on-site medical personnel and camp staff assessed the campers and called local emergency responders. Affected campers were taken to the hospital for observation.
The remaining 87 campers who were not taken ill will be returning home today as they normally would have on this final day of the camp. The camp will be thoroughly disinfected in anticipation of a new group of campers arriving on Monday, June 25.
4-H Camp Cloverleaf is maintained and cleaned on a regular basis to ensure the health and safety of campers. All camp staff are trained to respond to medical emergencies, and they are certified in first aid and CPR. The UF/IFAS Extension 4-H youth development program is cooperating with the Highlands County Department of Health to determine the cause of the illness and necessary steps to prevent future occurrences.
The health and safety of all campers is the primary concern of UF/IFAS Extension staff, and we hope that those experiencing discomfort will quickly return to good health.
Children from Charlotte, Desoto, Sarasota, Palm Beach, Broward and Miami Dade counties attended the camp.