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.