Students from two different schools in France have experienced the same mystery illness, resulting in them being hospitalised.
The two schools are more than an hour apart.
Approximately fifteen schoolchildren and college students from Notre-Dame de la Jeunesse school group in Saint-menet in Marseille and primary school children from the Les Aires de Lauris school in Vaucluse were hospitalised on Thursday, June 16th, following bouts of “dizziness, nausea, tears, and tingling,” according to firefighters from each location.
A doctor who examined the children in Marseille ruled out food poisoning and heat as a cause for the symptoms they were experiencing because “they happened successively.” The water is being analysed at the education facility in Vaucluse. Results are expected back next week.
In Marseille, firefighters were contacted around 1:45pm by the Notre-Dame de la Jeunesse establishment. A total of Sixteen children were experiencing symptoms that were concerning. Fourteen of the children were taken to the hospital as a preventative measure.
At the primary school in Vaucluse, somewhere between 30 and 50 children experienced headaches, nausea, and vomiting symptoms.
“The other children were able to return to their parents’ homes after a medical examination,” said the firefighters.
Following the medical examination in Marseille, doctors suggested that it could be “that after the first discomfort, it was a collective stress which spread – nothing alarming,” as reported by France3.