Palm Beach County kids among those hospitalized due to illness at Highlands County camp


Dozens of children from a summer camp were transported to area hospitals to be evaluated for illnesses, Highlands County Fire Rescue said.

Thirty kids and two adults so far have been hospitalized from Clover Leaf 4H camp, but none of the cases appear to be serious, according to fire officials. The kids come from Charlotte, Palm Beach, Sarasota, DeSoto, Broward and Miami-Dade counties. They wetr taken to Florida Hospital in Lake Placid and Highlands Regional Hospital in Sebring.

The camp has a total of 115 kids, ages 8 to 15.

More people are being evaluated, but the situation is stable. The cause is unknown at this time.

No further information is available at this time.


On Thursday, June 21, 33 campers at UF/IFAS Extension Florida 4-H Camp Cloverleaf in Lake Placid, Florida, were taken ill with nausea and vomiting. The camp’s on-site medical personnel and camp staff assessed the campers and called local emergency responders. Affected campers were taken to the hospital for observation.

The remaining 87 campers who were not taken ill will be returning home today as they normally would have on this final day of the camp. The camp will be thoroughly disinfected in anticipation of a new group of campers arriving on Monday, June 25.

4-H Camp Cloverleaf is maintained and cleaned on a regular basis to ensure the health and safety of campers. All camp staff are trained to respond to medical emergencies, and they are certified in first aid and CPR. The UF/IFAS Extension 4-H youth development program is cooperating with the Highlands County Department of Health to determine the cause of the illness and necessary steps to prevent future occurrences.

The health and safety of all campers is the primary concern of UF/IFAS Extension staff, and we hope that those experiencing discomfort will quickly return to good health.

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