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Too much sugar blamed for school illnesses

13 students afflicted
March 23, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Health officials in Colorado say they think they've figured out what caused 13 student at a Durango middle school to fall ill last week: Too much sugar and exercise. The students were sent home after being afflicted with the mysterious illness.

An epidemiologist with the San Juan Basin Health Department says they had just participated in an event where students purchase food, games and crafts with fake money they earned for good behavior.

The students began experiencing stomach aches, nausea and vomiting five minutes after eating.

At least one student admitted faking an illness to get the afternoon off.


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