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Children stable after allegedly eating lollies on Queensland school bus



More than a dozen children who were hospitalised after allegedly consuming lollies on a school bus in North Queensland are in a stable condition, the area's local MP has revealed.

State member for Hinchinbrook Nick Dametto told Today the children were in a stable condition and were being assessed at Townsville University Hospital.

"Those children are being treated by the best medical staff available to them in North Queensland right now," Dametto said.

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"It must be an absolutely harrowing experience and my heart goes out to every one of those families."

The children became ill at Bluewater State School, about 30 minutes north of Townsville, and were treated by Queensland Ambulance Service paramedics about 10.10am yesterday.

Six of the children were taken to Townsville University Hospital with nausea, abdominal pain and light-headedness 10 minutes after arriving at school.

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Six children hospitalised after eating lolly from bus driver at Bluewater State School near Townsville in North Queensland

A further nine students were transported later as a precaution.

There were 22 Blue Water State School students on the bus in total.

Dametto told Today that police and parents were now awaiting the results of medical tests that may shed light on what occurred.

"We've been told this morning the children at the Townsville University Hospital that are being treated in a stable condition and we hope to see that continue throughout the day and as toxicology reports become available, hopefully that's the missing key that can help with this investigation," he said.

"The condition of the children long-term has not been determined and we are not been made aware of that just yet but we can say that the children are stable right now and that's good news for those families."

Queensland Police are investigating the incident and are treating the bus as a crime scene.

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