Ottawa Public Health investigates camp food poisoning case
6 children transported to Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario for treatment
Ottawa Public Health is investigating a possible case of food poisoning after children and adults at a Barrhaven day camp reported dizziness, vomiting and upset stomachs.
Six children were transported to the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario for treatment, and later released.
Ottawa Public Health said it is investigating the reported illness of 19 children and 8 adults at Tian Tian Chinese Summer Camp. Paramedics said there were 89 children attending the camp.
Ottawa Public Health has collected food samples from St. Cecilia School on Cambrian Rd, where the camp was taking place. It also collected samples from a restaurant that provided food to the camp. The lab is expected to have results in about a week.
"When we're investigating any kind of potential food borne illness, we really look at all the possible steps in the preparation of the food, as well as, in this situation, we'd be looking at how the food was transported, how it was served, were there any issues or illnesses in the food handlers," said Dr. Carolyn Pim of Ottawa Public Health.
"It's not only the actual preparation at the restaurant, but really from the time it's prepared to the time it's eaten."
Investigators are interviewing camp coordinators, attendees and their families to gather information about their symptoms.
For questions or concerns about this case, contact Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or 311 after hours.