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Dozens of kids taken to the hospital after getting sick at a Florida 4-H camp

Highlands County Fire and Rescue

More than 30 people, including children, were taken to Florida hospitals after becoming sick at a camp in Lake Placid, according to Highlands County Fire and Rescue officials.

Shortly before 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Highlands County Fire and Rescue officials tweeted that they were responding to Cloverleaf 4-H camp, where several children were sick. In a final count provided just before midnight, EMS crews took 33 children and three adults to local hospitals for evaluation. No one was believed to be seriously ill.

According to WFLA News Channel 8, one child passed out, but most suffered from nausea.

The cause of the illness has not yet been determined. The Health Department is investigating.

A county spokesman told WTSP 10 News that the area where most of the patients became sick was blocked off.

An interim associate state 4-H program leader, Heather Kent, told WTSP that there were about 120 children enrolled in the camp ranging in age from 8 to 15. Children attended the camp from Sarasota, Charlotte, DeSoto, Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties, according to Fire and Rescue officials.

"We have been focusing on the well-being and safety of the youth who have fallen ill," Kent said. "In addition we are communicating with their families first and foremost."

She added nothing of this magnitude has ever happened at any camp.

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