Many people were sickened by candy at a quinceanera on Saturday night in the Mission. (Courtesy Bryan Carmody)

Many people were sickened by candy at a quinceanera on Saturday night in the Mission. (Courtesy Bryan Carmody)

Three children in intensive care unit as 19 people fall ill at quinceanera

Gummy candy containing an unknown substance may be to blame for the hospitalization of 19 people, including three children in intensive care.

Fourteen patients were transported to city hospitals following the quinceanera party at the Women’s Building on 18th Street on Saturday, said San Francisco Fire Department spokesperson Jonathan Baxter.

Two additional adults transported themselves, and three other patients were transported from other locations following the party, he said.

One of the children being treated is a 9-year-old boy, Baxter said.

“We are interviewing people who were sickened to learn more about what happened,” wrote Department of Public Health spokesperson Rachael Kagan, in a text message to the San Francisco Examiner.

Kagan said five of the patients were treated and released Saturday night from Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.

The health department is testing food consumed at the party to determine what made people sick, she wrote. After the culprit is determined, Baxter said, agencies will deliver a public safety message.

Preliminarily, the common thread among all the patients is that they had eaten gummy candy left out at the party. The candy did not have any labels or markings that investigators could use to trace where it came from, Baxter said.

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