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Officials at the Tennessee Poison Center want parents to be on the lookout for the tell-tale signs of exposure to the potentially deadly gas.
"If they have a headache, vomiting, nausea, throwing up, if they had any symptoms now that they didn't have [Monday] when they went into school then those are the children that we would be most concerned about," said Dr. Donna Seger, medical director for the Tennessee Poison Center.
Seger said just after 2 p.m. Vanderbilt Children s Hospital admitted patients that were students at Drexel Preparatory Academy in Whites Creek that may have been exposed to the gas that can be lethal in high doses.
"A carbon monoxide detector went off that caused concern," Seger said. "There have been a number of children that have been symptomatic potentially of carbon monoxide exposure"
Drexel is a K-4 charter school on Jackson Road in Whites Creek.
" The school first broke the news to parents over the phone," Seger said.
A Metro Schools tweet followed at 4:34 that read, "If your child attends Drexel, please take him or her to an emergency room for an evaluation. "
A Vanderbilt Children's Hospital spokesperson says 49 students were evaluated and 40 were confirmed and treated.
"The children will be admitted for a 23-hour observation and will be discharged tomorrow," Seger said. "If there are any subsequent problems it would be very unusual"
All of the children were in stable condition Monday night, according to a spokesperson for the Children s Hospital.
Calls to the school were not returned.
School will be closed there on Tuesday.
If you feel your child may have been exposed, you are urged to contact the Poison Help Hotline at 1-800-222-1222.
Tuesday, January 15 2013, 09:45 AM CST
Prince Edward presents Edinburgh's awards in Tenn.
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By ERIK SCHELZIG Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Queen Elizabeth's youngest son, Prince Edward, is visiting Tennessee to promote one of the British royal family's charities, the Duke of Edinburgh's awards.
The prince presided over an awards ceremony at the governor's mansion in Nashville on Thursday for the first batch of young Tennesseans to participate in the leadership and character program.
About 80 youths received the award by participating in community service, skills development, physical fitness and adventurous journeys through the Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, LEAD Academy, Montgomery Bell Academy or the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Organization.
Following the event, Gov. Bill Haslam and first lady Crissy Haslam invited the awardees and their families to tea inside the governor's residence. Later on Thursday, the prince was scheduled to headline a black-tie gala at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville.
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