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Authorities: 29 Children At South Florida Preschool Fall Ill

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Authorities say more 29 children at a South Florida preschool have been hospitalized after suffering from nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration. Authories believe food poisoning could be the reason.

Lauderhill police and fire spokesmen tell the Sun Sentinel that 19 children from Ave Marie Friends Preparatory School in Lauderhill shared gurneys Monday as paramedics loaded them onto ambulances for trips to three nearby hospitals.

Lauderhill Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Jeff Levy says food poisoning is the primary suspect after hazardous materials crews didn't find a gas leak, and no adults developed symptoms.

What caused the illnesses wasn't immediately known and the conditions of the children weren't known.