updated 8/9/2004 9:58:25 AM ET 2004-08-09T13:58:25

At least 90 people attending a conference at the University of Maryland were taken to hospitals Sunday night with possible cases of food poisoning, university officials said.

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Most of the patients were high school students from across the country attending a leadership conference this week, university spokesman Ellen Curtis said. They complained of nausea and were taken to hospitals in buses.

Most of the patients were being treated at Doctors Community Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said. Others were taken to Washington Adventist Hospital, university officials said.

The source of the potentially tainted food was unclear, Curtis said. They had eaten turkey and taco box lunches, though it unclear whether they came from Campus Food Services. The students had also taken a trip to Baltimore Sunday afternoon, and they may have eaten something there, Curtis said.

The mother of one student told WTTG-TV that the group had eaten eggs for breakfast at a campus dining hall.

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