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Emergency Crews Tend To Ill Travelers At National Airport

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -- A dozen travelers became sick at Reagan National Airport after attending a convention at a Prince George's County resort yesterday, but health officials aren't sure what might have caused their illnesses.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority's fire department received calls for sick people at various locations around the airport starting around 5 p.m. yesterday.

Authority spokesman Rob Yingling the 12 travelers had similar symptoms, including nausea and seven were taken to area hospitals in non-life threatening condition.

Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center spokeswoman Amie Gorrell says the patients had attended a private convention. About 400 people attended the event, but no other guests or employees had reported illnesses.

Arlington County Public Health Director Reuben Varghese says the patients appear to have gastroenteritis and seem to be recovering quickly.