Dozens of Teens Touring DC End Up Hospitalized

Illness (possibly food poisoning) seems to have originated in NYC
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2018 10:45 AM CDT
The Smithsonian Castle, left, the Washington Monument, center, and the Lincoln Memorial, rear, are visible along the National Mall near the West Lawn of the Capitol Building at sunrise on Feb. 9, 2018,...   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(Newser) – A spring break trip to the East Coast turned icky for a group of 48 teens and three adults Sunday night when the entire tour group was taken to hospitals in Washington, DC, with possible food poisoning. The group, which fire officials say may be from London, first started having problems while in New York, and the theory is they may have gotten food poisoning there, the Washington Post reports. But they decided to travel on to their next destination, and after they arrived in DC some started calling for medical help due to gastrointestinal distress.

Initially, a dozen teens and one adult were taken to hospitals in stable condition; later the entire group ended up going in as a precaution, even though some had no symptoms, the New York Daily News reports. FOX 5 reports it's also possible the group contracted norovirus. Authorities are investigating where the illness originated. (Read more food poisoning stories.)

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