More than 40 campers fall ill from virus at George Mason University

Posted at 7:49 AM, Jun 22, 2012
and last updated 2012-06-22 07:49:47-04

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) –  Health experts are trying to figure out the source of a viral outbreak that caused forty students to get sick while enrolled in a summer camp at George Mason University.

Paramedics were called to George Mason in Fairfax, VA early Thursday morning to treat the students. Some were taken to local hospitals for treatment, others were treated at the school.

 The campers were taking part in the Congressional Awards Program. They started getting sick Wednesday night after attending a banquet and going to a Washington Nationals Baseball Game.

Health officials believe they were suffering from viral gastroenteritis. The head of the group tells the Nationals they don’t believe anything at the ballpark, including food, contributed to the students’ illness.