Gastro outbreak at Queensland Cuboree camp sends 25 kids to hospital

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A team of clinicians and environmental health officers have been dispatched to a Sunshine Coast campsite after a suspected gastro outbreak.

The source of the outbreak is currently unknown with 25 children aged 8 to 11 years old from a cub scout camp site in north Brisbane taken to hospital overnight.  

Several have now been discharged and all were tested for Covid-19 with no positive results returned.

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Earlier, the Queensland Ambulance Service confirmed it had transported several patients in a stable condition from an ‘organised camp’ at Landsborough about 9pm on Tuesday.

Six ambulances were used to transport the patients to Sunshine Coast University and Nambour hospitals on the Sunshine Coast and the Prince Charles and Caboolture hospitals in Brisbane. 

Several adults and children remained at the campsite while the affected children were treated for gastroenteritis symptoms.

Queensland Cuboree, which hosts 750 attendees from across the state, confirmed it was working with Queensland Health to prioritise the welfare of all children. 

‘Scouting has decades of experience in running large events for young people but when an incident like this happens we turn to the experts,’ General Manager Dougal May said. 

‘We are asking Queensland Health to assess the situation and provide advice, and the support we have had from local staff overnight has been excellent.’

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‘The Cubs affected by this incident have had an unfortunate and unexpected adventure’

‘Hospital staff were very complimentary about the maturity and behaviour of the Cub Scouts who attended last night, and said they were a pleasure to care for,’ he added.

Sunshine Coast health clinicians environmental health officers were sent to the site to implement infection control and assess campers on Wednesday morning.

Those released from hospital are currently being looked after at local Scout halls, rather than being returned to the campsite. 

The week-long ‘cuboree’ camp draws scouts from all over the sunshine state and is held every two years. 

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