Mystery illness sweeps university campus as 40 students are taken ill overnight

Posted on June 23, 2012


Health officials are investigating the cause of a mystery sickness bug which claimed more than 40 victims in one night.

Dozens of students at George Mason University, Washington, were taken ill with food poisoning and flu-like symptoms on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

Those with reported sickness are said to be from a group of 80 international students aged between 15 and 22, who were at the school to attend the Congressional Awards Foundation Program.

An unknown number of students were taken to the George Washington University Hospital after being taken ill, while more students developed similar symptoms just hours later.


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