Parents still don’t know what may have caused the mass vomiting episode that affected 130 pupils at an elementary school in Las Vegas on Friday due to a gastroenteritis outbreak.
As a wave of “projectile vomiting” occurred on January 27, all 130 pupils were reportedly queued up outside the Wayne N. Tanaka Elementary School health office.
The mother of one of the students, Danielle Farrow, told the publication, “A teacher stated it was like Armageddon. Our daughter said that there were litter cans lined up and that children were urinating everywhere. According to Farrow’s spouse Jon, the teacher of Farrow’s daughter described the episode as “the apocalypse.”
A second mother, who asked to remain anonymous and went by the name “Joyce,” claimed that although her 9-year-old daughter felt good when she returned from school, she developed the illness.
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Joyce noted that she kept her daughter home from school on Friday when the claimed mass-vomiting incident happened. “It wasn’t until overnight when she was sleeping that she started having stomach pain, and then she vomited up approximately five to six times overnight,” Joyce said.
These parents, along with a number of others, are confused about what led to the nearly simultaneous GI symptoms and are dissatisfied with the district’s lack of response. They speculate that the occurrence may have been tied to tainted cafeteria food.
While other families with kids who didn’t eat the food reported no symptoms, Joyce claimed that her daughter ate the food from the cafeteria.
She wished for more frequent updates on what was happening, saying, “I don’t know if they have all the information available on what transpired. “At the end of the day, we have no idea what is happening. We are unsure of how to assist them. Since helping our kids is a top concern, we must be aware of what is happening.
According to an SNHD spokesperson, “during a foodborne illness outbreak, people are interviewed about what they ate before they became ill when possible food contamination is confirmed using epidemiological and laboratory information, “Gastrointestinal illnesses can have many causes,” the author continued.
Parents were notified via email from the school on Monday that SNHD is looking into the matter. “The Southern Nevada Health District is looking into the origin of the stomachaches that several Tanaka students have reported, “Sick people should not prepare food or care for others,” the email continued.