Convention Center investigating after people fall ill following Conn. Music Educators Assoc. conference

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HARTFORD — The Connecticut Convention Center is investigating after multiple people fell ill following a weekend conference.

“The Connecticut Convention Center is aware of the reported illnesses of attendees at the Connecticut Music Educators Association (CMEA) All-State Conference,” a statement released Monday said.

The CMEA conference ran from Thursday, March 30, through Saturday April 1.

Students who attended the event confirmed that attendees were sick. One student said he fell ill after eating sausage at the gathering.

Convention Center staff are working with the City of Hartford Department of Health and Human Services and CMEA to investigate the situation.

“The health and safety of our guests has always been our highest priority and we will remain in full cooperation with the health department,” said Annika Deming, spokesperson for the Convention Center.

The executive director of the CMEA, Barbara Skrebutenas, issued a statement:

We are aware that were some students who became ill over the course of our event. As per our policy, we had a professional nurse on staff. We cared for them and we are cooperating with the appropriate authorities including the Department of Health to determine what the cause may have been. Due to medical privacy restrictions we have no further comments.

The Department of Health confirmed that some students became sick, but did not say how many.

This story will be updated as we learn more.