School children are rushed to hospital with a mystery illness after eating candy on a bus in Queensland
- Students from the school in Townsville were taken to hospital
- Up to 20 children between the ages of seven and 12 were affected.
- It is believed that they all ate sweets beforehand.
At least 20 children are suffering from a mysterious illness after eating candy on a school bus in Townsville.
The children, from Bluewater State School, are between the ages of seven and 12, six were rushed to hospital while another 16 are being assessed by paramedics.
Children suffer from vomiting, diarrhea and intestinal pain. It is believed that they ate a pole.
The incident is being investigated by police after paramedics were called to the school at 10 a.m.
In a statement, Queensland Ambulance said a number of children are being treated for “minor symptoms of illness after they reportedly ingested an unknown substance”.
According to its website, Bluewater State School has around 430 students from Prep to Year 6.
At least 20 children suffer from a mystery illness after eating candy on a school bus in Townsville (file image)
In a statement on Facebook just after noon, he confirmed that police are investigating and the parents have been informed.
“The (Education) Department is aware of an incident that occurred today at Bluewater State School which required the assistance of emergency services,” the statement read.
School staff acted quickly to care for the students while the Queensland Ambulance Service and parents were contacted. The Queensland Police Service also attended and is investigating.
‘Due to privacy concerns, the department is unable to provide further information.
‘Bluewater State School has the safety of students and staff as its highest priority. Guidance or counseling services are being made available to anyone who may need support.’