UPDATE: Investigation continues into Louisville middle school illness

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As of now, the school district is unsure what is causing all of this.

Posted: Sep. 26, 2018 9:58 PM
Updated: Sep. 27, 2018 1:39 PM

Update 09/27/18 1:37 p.m.

LOUISVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - School and emergency officials are still trying to determine what is causing some Louisville middle school students and staff to become ill.

Health issues started Tuesday at Eiland Middle School.

The school district says four students started complaining of dizziness and flushing on Tuesday.

The following day, multiple students suffered similar complaints and temporarily lost consciousness.

Nine students were treated at Winston Medical Center. At least two teachers/staff and four first responders also suffered similar symptoms.

“While most students were treated and released, two were transported to hospitals in Jackson for further treatment,” stated the district.

One of these students is expected to be released Thursday.

All students were evacuated from the 8th-grade hall and efforts were made to find an environmental source of the problem.

Through several resources, no environmental cause has been found, the district stated Thursday afternoon.

Atmos Energy also inspected the facility for gas leaks, carbon monoxide and methane and found no problems.

The district says at least four students and one teacher reported symptoms on Thursday. Some were transported for medical assistance.

The school district and other agencies are investigating the possibility that vaping or other substances may be the cause.

“At least one student on Wednesday and one on Thursday admitted to vaping either prior to/or at school.”

Officials say there is currently no evidence that secondhand vaping could cause such symptoms. No specific drugs/substances have been identified that might be a source.

Classes were held on Thursday following a thorough inspection of the facility and consultation with resources including the Mississippi Department of Education.

Currently, several governmental agencies, law enforcement are on the scene, and the inspection and investigation are ongoing.

Update 09/27/18 11:47 a.m.

Three to four more people were taken to the hospital Thursday morning, said Superintendent Randy Grierson. However, he's not sure if these illnesses are linked to the others reported Wednesday.

He says the 7th and 8th-grade buildings are closed and being sanitized.

As of now, he's unsure what is causing all of this.

This is a developing story and this article will be updated as more information becomes available.

Update 9/27/18 7:20 a.m. 

The building where students reported fumes at Eiland Middle School is closed for inspection, Superintendent Dr. Randy Grierson said.

Multiple agencies, including the Center for Disease Control, have tested for carbon monoxide and gas leaks. There have been no signs of either, according to Grierson.

See the original post below.

LOUISVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Several law enforcement agencies are investigating unidentified fumes reported at Eiland Middle School around noon on Wednesday, according to Superintendent Dr. Randy Grierson.

Grierson confirmed one student was transported to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson for a medical evaluation. 

Law enforcement agencies worked through the night to inspect the middle school to see if any side effects were suspected, Grierson said.

At this time, there are none. 

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