Children and Youth

County issues health alert after SBHS seniors sickened

An estimated 80 high school seniors students felt ill after eating a tri-tip meal on campus

Following the cancelation of the annual San Benito HIgh School Grad Trip to Disneyland on Friday, county health officials issued the following statment:

At approximately 9:30 a.m. Friday, San Benito County Public Health Services received a telephone call from San Benito High School informing us that approximately 70-80 students who ate a common lunch at the high school yesterday (May 19, 2016) have experienced nausea and vomiting since then.

Many of these students are seniors who had departed from our county on their senior trip to Disneyland. Because we have not yet identified the organism responsible for this illness, the health officer, in conjunction with San Benito High School Administration, are instructing all people on the Disneyland trip to return to San Benito County. This action is based on an abundance of caution to prevent the further transmission of the unidentified illness to either students who have not yet developed symptoms, or to other people at Disneyland.  

When youth return to San Benito County, if they exhibit symptoms they should stay at home. Public Health Services recommends supportive treatment which includes: 

  • increased fluid intake 
  • light food as tolerated 

Concerned parents should take their children to their primary care providers. If the child exhibits the following symptoms, take the child to the emergency room: 

  • high fever over 100.5 degrees Fahrenheit 
  • severe vomiting or diarrhea 
  • blood in either vomit or stool

 To prevent the spread of this illness, perform frequent and thorough hand washing before and after toileting food handling.

For further information please contact Public Health Services at (831) 637-5367.

BenitoLink Staff