Dozens reported sick at 4-H camp

Dozens reported sick at 4-H camp

MONTICELLO — Public health officials are investigating a sickness outbreak at the 4-H Memorial Camp, Monticello, that affected dozens of kids.

"We have very limited information at this point," said David Remmert, administrator of the DeWitt Piatt Bi-County Health Department. "About 40 kids out of 300 got sick."

Making it difficult to pin down the cause of the illness is that some of the children got sick early in the week and some were sick in the middle of the night Wednesday, with his department being notified this morning, Remmert said.

It could be food, something a camper brought along or the lake, but the illness symptoms — vomiting and diarrhea lasting 24 hours — are consistent with a foodborne outbreak, he said.

Some of the kids were fairly sick and their parents came and took them home, he said. The current week's camp session ended Thursday and another one begins this weekend, he said.

The health department is continuing to investigate the cause of the illness, Remmert said.

Camp Director Curt Sinclair said he doesn’t know how the kids could have gotten sick, but that’s best left to the professionals at the health department to determine.
“I’ve worked here 21 summers and it’s never happened before,” he said.

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MomCubed wrote on June 12, 2014 at 9:06 pm

While it's good that this was the first instance of a situation like this, I am very disappointed that the camp did not proactively contact the parents.  Upon arriving to pick up my child at camp today, I found out that she had been sick all day.  Some of the parents were given a small slip of paper that informed them of the problem but the communication left a lot to be desired.

mlhammer4 wrote on June 13, 2014 at 3:06 pm

I think the camp director was doing what he could to get the situation resolved the best that he could. Unfortunately he was busy cleaning and trying to find out what happened, the concern to get the situation rectified. They do a great job out there, feel sorry for those kids that were sick. I know the camp is being thoroughly cleaned with bleach. When so many are in such a small area, something like this is going to spread, it's probably lucky that only ~30 out of nearly 350 were affected. Hope your daughter feels better soon.