29 Children Sick at Lauderhill Preschool
Contact: Assistant Chief Jeff Levy
1980 NW 56th Ave
Lauderhill, FL 33313
E-mail Assistant Chief Jeff Levy
Date: November 7, 2016
Release #: LFD2016-11-07 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Subject: 29 Children Sick at Lauderhill Preschool
From: Assistant Chief Jeff Levy
(Lauderhill, FL) At 2:11 p.m. on Monday, November 7, 2016, Lauderhill Fire Rescue responded to a report of a sick child at 5801 NW 19 St in Lauderhill at the “Ave Marie Friends Preparatory School”. When Fire Rescue units arrived a short time later, they encountered multiple preschool age children experiencing various degrees of nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Additional units were immediately requested to the scene. Children were triaged and transported to area hospitals, including Plantation General Hospital, Broward Health, and Broward Health Coral Springs.
In all 29 children were evaluated and treated. 21 children were transported to area hospitals by Fire Rescue. There were 8 children that were evaluated on scene, but their parents chose to not have them transported to the hospital by Fire Rescue. Resources from Lauderhill Fire Rescue, Sunrise Fire Rescue, and Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue were called to assist with transporting the children to the hospital. The Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Hazardous Materials Team was requested to respond to provide air quality sampling to ensure there were no hazardous conditions inside the structure which might be causing the signs and symptoms the children were experiencing. All air sampling inside the building returned normal. The common denominator with all of the children experiencing the illness was that they all ate the same lunch. None of the adults in the building were experiencing any signs or symptoms.
The facility has an outside caterer who provides lunch for the children. It is undetermined at this time if this was the cause. The Florida Department of Health was requested to the scene to provide testing of the food. The Florida Department of Children and Family Services was also requested to the scene.
For release 8:42 PM, 11/7/2016