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St. Louis Students Hospitalized After School Meal

By AP/KWMU

St. Louis – More than three dozen children at a St. Louis grade school are recovering after becoming ill Tuesday following lunch in the school cafeteria.

Twenty-four of the 39 children from Lafayette Elementary School were taken by buses to St. Louis Children's and Cardinal Glennon Children's hospitals, complaining of stomach aches, headaches and vomiting. None of the illnesses appears to be serious.

The city health department is examing the food and cultures taken from the kids. Results are expected within days.

The students became ill after a lunch of ham and au gratin potatoes.

Meanwhile, the district temporarily suspended its contract with Philadelphia-based Aramark Corporation, a private company hired three weeks ago to provide food service in the district's school cafeterias.

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