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Students rushed to GMH for food poisoning

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - The Guam Memorial Hospital's emergency room was packed to capacity today. According to GMH Acting Director Dr. Larry Lizama the hospital implemented its Mass Casualty Plan and began triaging patients who were then evaluated and observed. There were 130 students from southern schools being treated at GMH for food poisoning, but more were expected.

In the meantime, according to Oceanview Middle School Principal Lynda Hernandez Avilla she was down the hill at a conference at the Hilton when she got a text from the school nurse at around 9:30 this morning that seven students were feeling really sick. "The nurse was saying that the kids reported that they ate breakfast," she said.

Like other schoolchildren from different southern campuses the menu was egg salad sandwich milk and a slice of melon. "We're supposed to test the food everyday to make sure that its okay and to the point that she consumed it was all right but later on she started to feel sick also," she said.

With hundreds of students rushed to local hospital, Department of Education Superintendent Dr. Nerissa Underwood wants a full-blown investigation. She told KUAM News, "Anytime that our students welfare are threatened, we are very concerned. This is food poisoning - we hope would never occur and we're just concerned that there were just so many of our students that were affected. Certainly we hope that the health standards for those that prepared the meals that they had adhered to the health standards.

"And so I'm requesting for the governor to help us conduct an investigation. Our students shouldn't be subjected tot his, so at this point our concern is to ensure that our students get well and that we this doesn't occur again."

And while officials work to determine what went terribly wrong today, Principal Avilla is just hoping the kids feel better. "We just want everyone to pray for our kids there are over several hundred here we just want to make sure that they are okay," she said.

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