No cause found for school illness in Portland

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PORTLAND — Laboratory tests by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were unable to link a stomach illness that recently sickened 22 Reiche Elementary School students to the school lunch the children ate that day.

Test results did not provide a reason why students came down with the illness on March 10. While germs were found in some samples of the food, those germs are commonly found in healthy individuals and in untainted foods, according to a press release from the Portland Public Schools.

According to the press release, the Maine Center for Disease Control announced on March 27 that “there were no bacteria found in the food that can be linked to the illness at the school.”

The Maine CDC will close its investigation of the outbreak after receiving the full lab results, and plans to list its cause as “unknown.”