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Pesticide suspected in illnesses at 2 elementary schools

Paramedics responded to Pohakea and Kaimiloa Elementary schools in Ewa Beach Monday morning after eight children and two adults reported feeling sick, apparently from exposure to a pesticide.

Paramedics took an 11-year-old girl to the hospital in stable condition, according to an Emergency Medical Services report.

State Department of Education spokeswoman Donalyn Dela Cruz said an 11-year-old girl went to the hospital as a procedural measure because her parents couldn’t immediately be reached. Dela Cruz says the girl and those who were treated at the scene are fine.

Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Capt. Terry Seelig said a nearby resident had sprayed a pesticide called malathion. Seelig says the concentration was likely too strong. Firefighters diluted it with water and put foam on the yard to suppress the vapors.

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