Guam - Guam Fire Department Spokesperson Captain Andy Arceo says medics are responding to multiple reports of possible food poisoning at several southern public schools. Arceo says roughly 200 students from Southern High School, Truman Elementary, Marcial Sablan Elementary, Oceanview Middle School, and JP Torres Alternative School are experiencing signs of food poisoning.
A parent called into the KUAM newsroom, saying his four children ate an egg salad sandwich for breakfast at school this morning. They later started vomiting and experienced diarrhea.
It is believed that deviled egg sandwiches served by Kings for breakfast at the southern schools believed to be the culprit.
FROM CIVIL DEFENSE -
REPORTED FOOD POISONING AT SCHOOLS
At 12:10 p.m. (ChSt) E911 Dispatch received a call of possible food poisoning from five (5) of the southern schools; Southern High, Ocean View, Marcial Sablan, Harry S. Truman and J.P. Torres. Reports of students experiencing nausea, cold sweats, stomach cramps, and vomiting were reported to school officials.
The Emergency Operation Center has been partially activated at 12:11 p.m. (ChSt) with the following participating agencies; Department of Public Health and Social Services, Guam Memorial Hospital Authority, Department of Public Works, Guam Department of Education, Guam Fire Department, Guam Police Department, and Joint Region of the Marianas.
Students are being transported to Naval Hospital, as well as, Guam Memorial Hospital (GMH). This is being treated on case by case bases; depending on the severity of each case.
Department of Public Health is advising schools to be on alert for new cases.
Parents interested in picking up their children are required to call the school ahead of time. School personnel are currently contacting parents of the affected children.
For health related queries, members of the public can also contact the E911 dispatch. Or for more information please contact Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense at 475-9600.